How to register to vote

You can register to vote if you are:

  • 16 years old or over and
  • a British citizen
  • or an Irish, Commonwealth or European Union citizen who is resident in the UK

If you are 16 or 17, you can only register if you will be 18 within the lifetime of the electoral register.  The register lasts from 1 December to 30 November the following year.  You cannot vote until you are 18.

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To qualify, Commonwealth citizens must be resident in the UK and either have leave to remain in the UK or not require such leave.  The definition of a 'Commonwealth citizen' includes citizens of British Crown Dependencies and British Overseas Territories.

Please go to the register to vote pages in order to submit an application.

If you have learning disabilities The Electoral Commission has produced an easy to follow booklet about voting which is intended to make the process of going to a polling station much clearer and more straightforward.

For further information on Individual Electoral Registration please visit

When to register

Registration continues throughout the year and the register is updated monthly from 1 December until the middle of August the following year.  This is useful if you move house and need to register at your new address. 

Between August and November the annual canvass is completed.  You will have a form delivered to your home and all you need to do is check the details and complete any instructions given to you on the form.

Am I already registered?

If you are unsure whether or not you are currently registered please contact us.