Register to Vote
Registering to vote is quick and simple. It will mean you have the right to vote at elections and being registered could also improve your credit rating.
The way we all register to vote is called ‘Individual Electoral Registration’.
- If eligible to register to vote, you can do this online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
- Everyone is responsible for registering themselves. Under the old system the ‘head of every household’ could register everyone who lived at their address.
- You need to provide a few more details to register - including your national insurance number and date of birth. This makes the electoral register more secure.
- The household form sent out during our annual canvass (July - December) is not a registration form but it does need to be completed. The information provided enables us to send a separate individual registration form to all the people in the household who are eligible and need to register.
How do I register?
1) Go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
2) Fill in your name, address, date of birth and a few other details. You’ll also need your national insurance number, which can be found on your national insurance card, or in official paperwork such as payslips, or letters about benefits or tax credits.
3) Look out for a confirmation to say you’re registered.
Why should I register?
You need to register in order to be able to vote. If you aren’t registered to vote, you won’t have the chance to have a say on who represents you.
Some people also register to vote because they want to apply for credit. This is because credit reference agencies use the register to check where someone lives when they apply for credit in order to prevent fraud.
Do I have to pay to register?
Registering to vote is free and you should not be charged for this. Please visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote to submit your application for registration.