Registration FAQs

Am I registered to vote?

  • Customer services can advise you if you are on the register, phone 01353 665555.
  • If the annual canvass form that came through your door between June and September this year included your details, you should still be registered.
  • If the annual canvass form does not include your details, add them to the form and return to the Elections office.  They will send out a further form for you to complete, to start your registration process.
  • You will need to register again if you have moved home since then.  You can do this online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
  • Otherwise contact the Council and a new form will be sent out you to fill in.
  • Please Note: People have to register individually, as they are not allowed to register somebody else.

How do I register to vote?

I sent my electoral registration form in or applied online, but I am still not on the register?

  • If you are not sure whether your form was received please contact the elections office.

Am I eligible to register to vote?

  • You can only vote if you are registered. You can register if:
    • you are 16 or over (but you cannot vote until  your 18th birthday) 
      AND
    • you are a British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen (i.e. you have leave to enter or remain in the UK or don’t require leave to enter or to remain in the UK) permanently living in the UK
    • other European Union citizens permanently living in the UK can register to vote at local government elections and Police and Crime Commissioner elections but not UK Parliamentary elections
  • For more information, visit the www.aboutmyvote.co.uk website.

If I pay Council Tax, am I automatically registered?

  • No.
  • Electoral registration is a separate process performed by your local Electoral Registration Officer. There are different requirements to be able to register to vote than to pay council tax so one cannot be used to automatically add names to the other.

I have completed and returned my census form, does this mean I am registered to vote?

  • No.
  • Electoral registration is a separate process performed by your local Electoral Registration Officer. There are specific requirements to be able to register to vote whereas the census must include all people.

I'm a student and I'm not sure where I should register to vote?

  • Students may be entitled to register at either or both their home address and their college/university (term time) address.
  • However they must only vote once at any one contest, i.e. only once in any single police area or once to any single local authority in any local authority election held on the same day or only once in a UK general election

I've just turned 18 and want to register.

  • See ‘How do I register to vote?’ above.

I'm homeless/ in a mental hospital/ remanded in custody - can I register?

  • Yes.
  • You can make something called a ‘declaration of local connection’. You should contact Customer Services on 01353 665555.

What are the full and open registers?

  • There are two versions of the electoral register electors:
    • The full register includes the names of all those registered to vote in a local area and is used for electoral and limited statutory purposes only. One of these purposes is credit referencing.
    • The open register can be sold on to anyone for any purpose and includes the names of all those who have not ‘opted out’ of their details being included on it. You can opt out when you register.
  • For more information visit: www.dopolitics.org.uk/toolbox-index/toolbox2/v-z/who-has-my-personal-details

How do I find out if my details are on the open register and how can I remove them if they are?

  • You will need to contact the Customer Services on 01353 665555.
  • If your details are on the open register and you wish to have them removed from future versions of this register Customer Services will be able to help.