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Register to vote

To vote in local and parliamentary government elections you must be on the electoral register for the area where you live. You must register to vote as your name will not automatically appear on the electoral register even if you pay Council Tax. You can find out all you need to know about registering to vote by visiting the GOV.UK website.

Anonymous registration

If you have concerns about your name appearing on the electoral register for safety reasons, you can register to vote anonymously. There are strict rules about who can apply and you must have a valid reason for your application. You can find out more about anonymous voter registration at the GOV.UK website.

Student registration

If you are a student living away from home you can register to vote using your home address. You may also register using a temporary address if you will be away from home for more than six months. You can register at two addresses at the same time, but must only vote using one address.

More information about registering as a student is available on the GOV.UK website.

British nationals overseas

If you live abroad you may still vote in Parliamentary elections, but won’t be able to vote in local elections. You can appear on the electoral register for up to 15 years after leaving the UK. 

To find out more about registering to vote as a British national overseas, visit the GOV.UK website.

People who are homeless

If you are homeless and have no fixed address you can still get on the electoral register. To do this, you need to make a declaration of local connection. It means you can use an address, or a nearby place, where you spend a lot of time - a local day centre for example - instead of a home address.

You can find out more about getting on the electoral register as a homeless person on the GOV.UK website.

16-18 year-olds

You can add your name to the electoral register as soon as you become 16. You will only qualify to vote in an election if you become 18 on or before the day of the election.

You can find out more and register on the GOV.UK website.

Patients in mental hospitals

You can still register to vote if you are resident in a mental hospital or are detained under the Mental Health Act. You have no right to register for a vote if you have been convicted of a criminal offence.


Convicted prisoners can’t register to vote. If you are on remand, you can register to vote using the address where you are held.

Registering by phone

You can use your phone to register to vote if you are unable to do so online. You must have the information you need to hand, such as your National Insurance number, when you apply.

Once you have made an application, we will check your details against those held by the department for work and pensions (DWP). If anything is incorrect we will contact you to try and confirm your identity using further documentary evidence. It’s important that you respond immediately to make sure we can process your application in good time.

To register to vote by phone, call the Electoral Registration Office on 01922 652502.

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