Register to vote

Individual electoral registration

Individual electoral registration was introduced nationally in June 2014.

Each person is now responsible for registering themselves and providing their date of birth and National Insurance number as identification.

Being on the electoral register could also improve an individual’s credit rating.

Forthcoming elections

The next scheduled election will be the UK Parliamentary Election which will be held on Thursday 8 June 2017.

The deadline for receiving applications to register in order to vote at this election is Monday 22 May 2017.

If you are already registered but would prefer to vote by post at this election then you will need to submit an application by 5pm on Tuesday 23 May 2017.

Alternatively if you wish for someone to vote on your behalf then you need to submit a proxy application by 5pm on Wednesday 31 May 2017.

Apply for a postal or proxy vote
If you are unable to print off either a postal or proxy vote form then please contact us:

Register to vote

Register to vote

Please fill in your personal information as requested.

You’ll need your National Insurance number, you can find this on:

  • your National Insurance card
  • official paperwork such as payslips
  • letters about benefits or tax credits.

When and if your information is verified, we will send you an acknowledgement letter.

If necessary, registration officers will cross-reference the information provided against national databases and other council records such as council tax before a person is added to the register.

If it’s not possible to verify your details we will write to you requiring you to provide documentary evidence such as a valid passport or photo driving licence to enable us to determine your application for inclusion on the electoral register.

You can also register here if you are:

  • A British citizen living overseas
  • A member of HM Forces
  • A Crown servant
  • A British Council employee