Electoral Registration


Elections 4 May 2017

To be eligible to vote in the elections on 4 May 2017 you need to register by Thursday 13 April.

If you are already registered, you do not need to apply again.

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The electoral register, also known as the electoral roll, is a list of everyone who is entitled to vote.

You must be on the register to be able to vote at an election.

More information on the electoral register.

Once you are registered there are a number of ways you can vote

In summer 2014 the way in which people register to vote changed to individual electoral registration

Register to vote

(Please note: After you have applied to register, we will need to check and process your application before it can be approved.)

The transition to Individual Electoral Registration is due to end with the publication of the revised register by 1 December 2015. At this point, any entries for electors who have not either been confirmed or made successful individual applications to register to vote will be removed from the register.

Remove details from the open register

Everyone who registers to vote can choose to have their details excluded from the open register, which can be purchased by anyone.

More details on the open and edited register.

If you feel adding your name to the electoral register would have serious safety implications for you and other members of your household, you can apply for anonymous registration. There is a set procedure for these applications. Please read more on anonymous registration or contact us on on 0300 123 1115.

If you are a member of the British Armed Forces, you can now choose whether to register as a service voter or as a civilian (ordinary elector).

More voting information for service personnel.

You may register as an overseas elector if you are:

  • A British citizen living outside the United Kingdom and you satisfy certain conditions
  • You are working outside the UK as a Crown Servant or as an employee of the British Council
  • Are married to or are the civil partner of a Crown Servant or British Council employee and you are accompanying them during their employment abroad

More information on voting for people living or working overseas.

You can still register to vote even if you do not have a fixed address. This may be because you are:

  • a patient in a mental health hospital
  • a homeless person 
  • a person remanded in custody

To register, you need to fill in a form known as a Declaration of local connection or ITR for person with no fixed address.

British, Irish and Commonwealth citizens over the age of 18 can register to vote at all types of election in the United Kingdom.

Seventeen-year olds and some sixteen-year olds are entitled to be included on the register as ‘attainers’, meaning they can vote when they reach the minimum voting age of 18. 

European Union citizens can register to vote at local government and European Parliamentary elections only.

British overseas electors can vote in British and European Parliamentary elections only.

Please check the list of eligible nationalities to see if you are entitled to register.

(On 1 July 2013, Croatia joined the European Union. As a result, Croatian citizens are now eligible to register to vote as an EU citizen.)

Further information about registering to vote can be found at www.aboutmyvote.co.uk.