The electoral register is a list of everyone who is entitled to vote.
You must be registered in order to vote. You are not automatically registered, even if you pay Council Tax.
Why you should register to vote
- The electoral register is used by credit reference agencies to check your name and address if you are applying for credit.
- If your name is not on the register, you may not be able to obtain credit, a mortgage or a mobile phone contract
- Schools may use the electoral register to check that you live within the their catchment area
- We may check the register when you request a resident’s parking permit.
- It is a criminal offence to refuse to complete the registration form or to give false information, carrying a fine of up to £1,000.
Who can register to vote
- a UK citizen
- a qualifying Commonwealth citizen
- a citizen of the Irish Republic
- a citizen of the European Union (EU)
- not legally excluded from voting.
Expatriate UK citizens
The way you register to vote is changingThe head of a household has always been responsible for registering everyone who lives there. However under a new system which is being rolled out by the government, you must register as an individual.
During July or August you will receive a letter from us telling you about the changes and what you need to do. Find out more about the changes to how you register to vote on the gov.uk website.
If you are not registered to vote
- every time you move home
- if someone has moved into your home
- if someone has moved out of your home
- if you have changed your name.
Rolling registration dates 2014
|Updated register published
||Last date for receiving applications|
|Tuesday 1 April 2014
||Monday 10 March 2014|
|Thursday 24 April 2014||Friday 11 April 2014|
|Between Friday 25 April 2014 and Wednesday 14 May 2014
||6 working days before the determination deadline (determination date is the day before the date of publication)|
|Thursday 15 May 2014
||Tuesday 6 May 2014|
|Monday 2 June 2014
||Friday 9 May 2014|
|Tuesday 1 July 2014
||Monday 9 June 2014|
|Friday 1 August 2014||Thursday 10 July 2014|
|Monday 1 September 2014||Friday 8 August 2014|
The electoral register
Edited or open register
Removing your details from the public register
Inspecting the electoral register
You may take handwritten notes but you are not allowed to photocopy pages of the register.