Registering to vote
If you want to vote in future elections you will need to make sure you are registered.
How to register if you're not already registered
You can apply to register via the Government website. It's simple, quick and secure. Remember to have your national insurance number to hand before you start. If you prefer, you can also download a paper registration form to complete and return in person or by post.
You can only register yourself to vote. You can't register a family member, even if they live in the same property.
How to register when you move house
When you move house within the district you need to re-register by visiting the registering to vote page on GOV.UK where you can enter the details of your new address and provide us with the details of the address you have moved from.
How to register is you live abroad or are away from home
There are special arrangement for you to register to vote if:
- You are a student and you have two addresses
- When you are a UK citizen living abroad
- You are as a Crown servant or as a British Council employee
- You are a member of the armed forces
- You have no fixed address
What happens when you apply to register
When you register online or by returning a paper form your details will be checked against other records to confirm your identity.
If your details are confirmed, you will receive a letter telling you that you have been successfully registered.
If your details cannot be confirmed, we will write to you asking for more information to confirm your identity. The letter will explain what you will need to do.
Watch a short demo of how to register online
Change of address
Registering to vote does not automatically mean you are on the Council Tax register. If you have either moved into the district or within the district, please register for Council Tax at your new address. You can find out how to do this on our Change of Address - Council Tax page.
Advice about registering to vote can be obtained from the electoral office.