Registering to vote

If you want to vote in future elections you will need to make sure you are registered.

You can use this service to:

  • get on the electoral register so you can vote in elections or referendums
  • update your name, address or nationality by registering again with your new details
  • get on or off the open register

How to register if you're not already registered

You can apply to register via the government website. It's simple, quick and secure.  Remember to have your national insurance number to hand before you start.

Register to vote

If you prefer, you can also download a paper registration form on the GOV.UK website to complete and return by post, or you can scan and email it to us.

You can only register yourself to vote. You can't register a family member, even if they live in the same property.

How to register when you move house

When you move house within the district you need to re-register by visiting the registering to vote page on GOV.UK where you can enter the details of your new address and provide us with the details of the address you have moved from.

How to register is you live abroad or are away from home

There are special arrangement for you to register to vote if:

What happens when you apply to register

When you register online or by returning a paper form your details will be checked against other records to confirm your identity.

If your details are confirmed, you will receive a letter telling you that you have been successfully registered.

If your details cannot be confirmed, we will write to you asking for more information to confirm your identity. The letter will explain what you will need to do.

Watch a short demo of how to register online 


Anonymous registration

Legislation came into effect in 2007 which enables persons who would be at risk of danger if their name and address were to appear in the electoral register to register anonymously.

For example, you can apply if:

  • you are escaping from domestic violence
  • your occupation means you must keep your identity private.

You cannot use anonymous registration as an ex-directory scheme.

This means that only an electoral number would be shown in the register under a separate section. All electoral documents would be treated in strict confidence and not available to the general public. This also applies to any person living in the same household as another person who is at risk.

Application forms and further information can be obtained from the Electoral Commission. Please contact us if you wish to discuss the matter.

If you application is successful, your anonymous registration lasts for one year. We will write to you three months before your registration is due to expire.

Change of address

Registering to vote does not automatically mean you are on the Council Tax register.  If you have either moved into the district or within the district, please register for Council Tax at your new address. You can find out how to do this on our Change of Address - Council Tax page.

Get help registering

You can get advice about registering to vote from the electoral office.