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Individual electoral registration

Electoral registration is now quicker and easier to do online

Register to vote

If you prefer to complete a paper application, please contact us to request an application form.

We must be able to verify a person’s identity before they can be registered to vote:

  • Each person is responsible for their own registration.
  • Every applicant must give their name, current address, previous address, and nationality.
  • Each applicant must also give their date of birth and national insurance number.
  • If you don’t know your national insurance number, you can still apply and give a reason why you can’t supply it.
  • We will check applicant’s identity details against other records before we approve an application. 
  • If we cannot verify a person’s details, we will contact the applicant. We will ask them to either clarify details in their application. If necessary, we will ask the applicant to provide evidence to support their application. Evidence could be a passport or photo card driving licence
  • Anyone wanting to vote at an election by post or by proxy must first register. They will then need to apply separately to vote by post or proxy by the legal deadline in the election timetable.

The Electoral Commission has produced easy read information.

Every summer/autumn, we write to you to check who lives in your household. We use this information to update our Register of Electors to make sure everyone who is eligible to vote is able to. This is called the annual canvass.

Most people will not need to respond to a letter from us if the information we hold for their household is correct.

If we receive a reply identifying new residents, we will send each of them an invitation to register (ITR) form to encourage them to individually register to vote. Those new residents will not be registered until they return their completed ITR or register online.

Please read the letter we send you very carefully. The letter will tell you whether you need to respond or not.

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