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Register to vote

Last updated on: 09-Apr-2021

To be allowed to vote, you must be on the electoral register. You can register to vote at any time but you must meet the deadlines set out in the timetable if it's close to an election.

Most people who are already registered to vote will not have to register again. We will write to tell you if you need to do anything.

It only takes five minutes to register to vote and all you need is your National Insurance Number (if you have one). If you don't, you can get in touch with us and we'll help you.

Who can register to vote?

You can register to vote if you:

  • Are 18 years-old – 16 and 17 year-olds can register but will not be able to vote until they are 18.
  • Live at your address for at least six months of the year

Are a British, Irish, European Union or Commonwealth citizen

The Electoral Commission website will have all the information you need about who can and can't register to vote.

Register online

You can register to vote via the GOV.UK website.

For people with a learning disability, GOV.UK have published a guide to registering to vote online.

Mencap and the Electoral Commission have published an Easy Read Guide for voters with a learning disability.

Register by post

All the relevant forms you need to register to vote by post are on the GOV.UK website.external


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