Registering to vote
How do I register to vote?
To register to vote, you just need to complete a voter registration form and send it by post, email attachment or fax to Electoral Services. Please remember that you are not automatically registered even if you pay Council Tax.
You can also use the same form if your details have recently changed such as a change of name or address.
If you are a student
Further information can be found on our student registration page.
Once we receive your completed application, you will be notified in writing of the date that your name will be added to the Register of Electors.
Being on the electoral register means that you can vote in the next election or referendum. It may also improve your credit rating as many agencies use the register to prove who you are.
Each year you can opt-out of having your details shown on the edited register (the register available for general sale) by simply ticking the opt-out box on your registration form. Alternatively, to permanently opt-out, send a signed letter, email attachment or fax request to Electoral Services and quote Section 11 of the Data Protection Act.
If you lives overseas
If you will be overseas on Election Day, you can apply to vote either by post or by proxy.
If you live permanently overseas but have been registered to vote in the UK within the last fifteen years you are eligible to vote in UK parliamentary elections, European Parliamentary elections and referendums in the UK.
You will need to register as an overseas voter and decide how you would like to vote. While ballot papers can be sent abroad, you would need to consider if you have enough time to receive and send back your vote. Alternatively, you could vote by proxy.
To register as an overseas voter, you should download a registration form online, from http://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk