If you're not on the register, you can't vote
If you are not on the electoral register, you can’t vote and won’t have a say in how the country or your local area is run. Don’t lose your right to vote.
Being on the register is also proof of your identity and is often used by credit reference agencies and mortgage companies. These companies check the register when people apply for credit, in order to counteract fraud.
Registering is easy
Am I able to register and vote?
Any British, Commonwealth, Irish or European Union citizen should be included on the register of electors and be able to vote. This includes:
- Anyone who normally lives at an address
- Long-term residents, guests or lodgers, including merchant seamen who live there when they are not at sea
- All people aged 16 and 17
- Anyone who will be working away from home for less than six months
- Overseas electors
The following people should not be included on the form:
- Foreign nationals - except for citizens of the Irish Republic, Commonwealth citizens and citizens of the European Union
- People under 16 years old
- Members of HM forces or their wives and husbands if they have made a Service Declaration
- Crown servants and British Council staff who are working abroad or their wives and husbands if they are also living abroad with their partners
What is the electoral register?
Two versions of the register are now published:
- the electoral register and
- the open register
Rolling registration for monthly changes to the register started again in April. All new electors registering will be given the option of not appearing on the edited version of the register.
What is the open register?
The open register leaves out the names and addresses of people who have asked for them to be excluded from that version of the register. The open register can be sold to anyone who requests it, and used for any purpose.
We may use the information we hold for the prevention and detection of fraud, which also includes for the assessment and/or collection of any tax or duty. This will include sharing of information held internally and with external organisations where the law allows.