The Electoral Register is a list of everyone who is registered to vote. You can only vote at elections if your name appears in the Electoral Register. There is no automatic registration of electors from other records, such as council tax.
Publication of the register of electors
We publish the register every year on 1 December. You can apply to be added or deleted at any time of the year as we make monthly changes to the Register of Electors. Changes take effect on the first day of every month between December and September. You will need to ensure your application is with us by the monthly deadline.
There are two registers. Why?
Using information received from the public, registration officers keep two registers - the electoral register and the open register (also known as the edited register).
The register is used for electoral purposes - such as making sure only eligible people can vote - and for other limited purposes specified in law. The personal data in the register must always be processed in line with data-protection legislation.
Who can register to vote?
People who can register include:
- anyone who is 18 years old or more and is a British citizen or an Irish or Commonwealth citizen (who are entitled to vote at any election)
- anyone who is 16 or 17 can register and will be able to vote after their 18th birthday
- a European Union citizen (who is only entitled to vote at European Parliamentary or local elections, subject to the completion of a further form)
You can register to vote any time of the year by visiting www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. You will need to provide your national insurance number and date of birth when applying to be registered.