Reasons to register to vote

Registering to vote is a legal requirement, but voting is optional. Every day, vital decisions affecting all our lives are taken by members of parliament and local councillors elected by the people. You can help choose them by voting. If you don't register, you won't be able to vote, and you will lose your chance to influence the way things are run in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, the United Kingdom and Europe.

Not being registered can lead to a fine and may also negatively impact applications for mortgages or mobile phones as credit reference agencies use the register to validate applications.

If you're a student away from home, you can register twice

Many students don't know that they might be eligible to register to vote at both their home and university addresses, so they will be able to vote wherever they are at the time of the election. If you just wish to be registered at home, let us know using our online form.

It's easier than you think

It's simpler, clearer and faster online. Just visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and complete the online form. You will need your national insurance number to hand.