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.

Register to vote

If you prefer, you can also download a paper registration form from the GOV.UK website to complete and return by post, or you can scan and email it to us.

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:

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.


Additional information

Advice about registering to vote can be obtained from the electoral office.