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. Your name will not automatically appear on the electoral register even if you pay council tax.
There's lots of information about voting and registering on the government's website.
If you're worried 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.
If you're 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.
People who are homeless
If you 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.
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.
Young people aged 16 to 18
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.
Convicted prisoners can’t register to vote. If you are on remand, you can register to vote using the address where you are held.