Register to vote

You need to register in order to be able to vote in elections and referendums.

If you aren't registered to vote, you won't have the chance to have a say on who represents you. You may also have difficulty getting credit. 

  • you can register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or contact Electoral Services 
  • everyone is responsible for registering themselves. The system changed in 2014 and is called Individual Electoral Registration (IER)
  • You need to provide a few more details to register - including your national insurance number and date of birth. This makes the electoral register more secure

To find out more go to www.gov.uk/yourvotematters.

Annual canvass

Between August and November, every property will receive a household enquiry form (HEF) to confirm who is registered at the property. The HEF is not a registration form but needs to be returned either online, freephone, text or by completing and returning the form.

Anyone added to the names already printed will not be registered immediately. Those people added to the form must still register by either visiting www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or they will receive an ITR (Invitation to Register) form which must be completed and returned.

You must respond to the form and could face a fine of £1000 if you do not.