Register to vote
You must be on the electoral register (also known as the electoral roll) to be able to vote at an election.
Individual electoral registration requires each person to be responsible for their own registration.
You can also apply to register to vote using an easy read form.
If you need a paper form, please phone us. Our number is at the bottom of this page.
Please note: When an election is due, the deadline to apply to register is 12 working days before polling day.
Once you are registered there are different ways to vote.
Who can register?
Details of who can and who can't register to vote are on the Electoral Commission website.
The electoral register
We publish the electoral register every year (usually in December) in two versions:
We also update the register on the first working day each month from January to September and before an election.
You may be able to register anonymously if you are concerned about your safety. If you do not want your details to appear on the register, please contact us.
The law has changed. It is now easier to register to vote anonymously.
To register to vote in elections, you must give your details to the Electoral Registration Officer.
If you register anonymously, your name and address will not appear on the electoral register. We will keep your personal details confidential.
If you apply to register anonymously, you will need to:
- Explain why your safety would be at risk if the details appeared on the electoral register
- Provide a court document or an attestation from an authorised person to support your application
You cannot register anonymously online. For advice or an application form, please contact us.
A member of HM Forces can now choose whether to register as a service voter or as a civilian (ordinary elector).
More voting information for service personnel.
If you are a British citizen living or working overseas, you can register to vote at certain elections in the United Kingdom.
Persons with no fixed address
You can still register to vote even if you do not have a fixed address.
If you have no permanent address, you can register where you spend most of your time or have some connection. This could be your previous permanent address, a shelter or similar place.
To register, you need to fill in a form called a Declaration of local connection or ITR for person with no fixed address.
More information is available at the Electoral Commission website.
The Electoral Register and Council Tax
The council tax register and the electoral register are two separate registers. They are completely different and operate under different laws or regulations.
The council tax register may show the names of the owners and not necessarily the residents of the properties.
The electoral registration officer is not permitted to take names from the council tax register and put them on the electoral register and vice versa.
The electoral register is also used for other limited legally specified activities, such as:
- detecting crime (like fraud)
- calling people for jury service
- checking credit applications
Most issues can be resolved online, it's the quickest and most convenient way to get help.Use our contact us form
- Electoral Services
- Cornwall Council
4S County Hall
- 0300 1231 115