How do I register to vote?
You can register to vote online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
This is a government website and the online form only takes a few minutes to complete. You will need to have your national insurance number to hand to complete the process. Each person should complete the online form individually.
Why do I need to provide my national insurance number?
You are required to provide your date of birth and national insurance number to confirm your identity and to prevent fraud.
Am I eligible to register to vote?
British citizens, Irish citizens and qualifying Commonwealth citizens (including those from Cyprus and Malta) can register to vote in all elections.
You can register to vote at 16, but you can’t vote until you’re 18.
Citizens of other EU member states resident in the UK can vote in local government elections but not in UK Parliamentary elections. EU citizens can also choose to vote in European Parliamentary elections in the UK rather than in their home country but must make a special request to do this.
What is the open register?
The open register is a version of the electoral register that can be purchased by anyone. It may be used by businesses or charities to confirm name and address details.
Your name will be included on the open register unless you ask for it to be removed.
If you want to request that your name is removed from the open register, please email your request (including your name and address) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I apply for a postal or proxy vote?
How do I remove someone from the electoral register at my address?
How is my personal information used?
We will only use the information you give us for electoral purposes. We will look after personal information securely and follow the Data Protection Act 1998. We will not give personal information about you and the other people in your household to anyone else or another organisation unless we have to by law.
The electoral register may be used for certain specified purposes including:
- Political parties and election candidates are entitled to receive a copy of the electoral register and may use it for electoral purposes
- Credit reference agencies may purchase a copy of the electoral register and may use it for credit checking purposes
- The Jury Summoning Bureau may use it for selecting people for jury service
- It may also be used for detecting crime (including fraud)
Can I look at the electoral register?
Yes, the electoral register is available for public inspection. It can be viewed under supervision in the Central Library (Guildhall Square) at the History Centre on the 2nd floor.
The register is not published in name order. It is published by electoral ward and then lists voters in each polling station sub-division in address order.
Which ward am I in? Who is my Councillor?
Please view our basic ward map (below) to find out which council ward you are in, or find your councillors by ward.