Register to Vote
The Electoral Register is the list of everyone in the District who is entitled to vote. It is usually published every year on 1st December and is also updated monthly.
The Full Electoral Register was last published on 1 February 2020.
This authority is under a duty to protect the public funds it administers, and to this end may use the information you provide for the prevention and detection of fraud. It may also share this information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds for these purposes.
How we provide this service
Between July and November each year, the annual canvass takes place when a Household Enquiry form is delivered to every property in the District, which has to be filled in and returned. This data is then collated and other relevant forms sent to publish the final register on 1 December of that year.
How do I register?
- Go to Register- to-Vote on-line
- 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 on official paperwork such as pay slips, or letters about benefits or tax credits.
- Look out for a confirmation to say you're registered.
About the register
There are two versions of the register - the electoral register and the open register. Your details will appear on the full version of the register, but you can choose to exclude details from the open register by choosing to 'opt out'. The electoral register is used for elections, preventing and detecting crime and checking applications for credit. The open register is available for general sale and can be used for commercial activities such as marketing.
Who can apply?
To be included in the Register of Electors a person must:
- Be resident at an address in the District on the date of application; and
- Be 18 years of age or over during the period when the register is in force; and
- Be a British, other Commonwealth, Irish Citizen or a citizen of another member state of the European Union. Citizens of European Union Member States (other than British and Irish) will be registered to vote at local elections. However, they may additionally make a separate application to register to vote at European Parliamentary elections
How much will it cost?
The full version of the Electoral Register and list of overseas electors is only available for sale to credit reference agencies and government departments who can only use it for purposes specified in law. The open version of the Register, which omits the names of any electors who have requested to be excluded from this version, is available for general sale and can be used for any purpose.
The cost of purchasing electoral register information is as follows:
For data format - flat rate of £20 plus £1.50 for each 1000 entries (or remaining part of 1000 entries)
For printed format - flat rate of £10 plus £5 for each 1000 entries (or remaining part of 1000 entries)
Links to forms, leaflets and websites providing more information