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Register to vote

Each person needs to register themselves to vote. No one else can do this for you. If you are 18 years old or over, a British, Irish, Commonwealth or EU citizen, you can register to vote online on the GOV.UK website.

Make sure you have your National Insurance Number ready. You will need this as part of your application. The details you supply will be checked by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

If you are unable to give your National Insurance Number, there are other types of documents that can be accepted. You can request an application to register to vote form by contacting the Elections Office.

Have you received a voting registration letter?

You may need to register if:

  • You have received a form (Invitation to Register) asking you to register; or
  • You have moved house; or
  • You have turned 18 and are not yet registered.

If you receive a form asking you to register, it is important that you respond. You can respond using the online service. Updating your details with Council Tax does not change your details on the electoral register.

If you don't respond to the voting registration letter

If you are not on the register then you cannot vote. It may also affect your ability to get credit or open a bank account.

If you are not on the register then you cannot have a postal vote. You cannot appoint a proxy unless they are registered.

Registration dates 2018

Electoral registers are updated each month. The dates below are the cut off dates for being included in the electoral register in a particular month.

Last date for applications Date added to the register
Monday 11 December 2017 Tuesday 2 January 2018
Wednesday 10 January 2018 Thursday 1 February 2018
Wednesday 7 February 2018 Thursday 1 March 2018
Monday 12 March 2018 Tuesday 3 April 2018
Monday 9 April 2018 Tuesday 1 May 2018
Thursday 10 May 2018 Friday 1 June 2018
Friday 8 June 2018 Monday 2 July 2018
Tuesday 10 July 2018 Wednesday 1 August 2018
Friday 10 August 2018 Monday 3 September 2018

There are no monthly updates to the register after September 2018. The next update will be on the 1 December 2018 when the new register is published. The only exception is in the case of an election and details will be published at the time.