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Register to vote

Apply online to register to vote

The easiest way to register to vote is to apply online at GOV.UK. You will need your National Insurance number to hand to register.

Apply to register to vote (GOV.UK)

Alternatively, you can apply by phone.

Note: When you apply to register to vote, your details will be checked against government databases. In some cases, we may have to ask you to provide additional proof of identity. 

If you are living abroad and have been registered with us within the last 15 years on a parliamentary register of electors, you can apply to register as an overseas elector. You will be entitled to vote in Parliamentary elections only.

We recommend that you vote by proxy if the election is less than two weeks away rather than have a postal vote sent overseas. This isn't mandatory but you may not receive your ballot paper and return it in time for it to be counted.


If you are in the British Armed Forces please phone or email us for an application form or apply to register online (GOV.UK).


Apply for a postal vote

Please note: Postal vote applications for the General Election (12 December 2019) have now closed. If you are already registered to vote you can apply for a proxy vote until 4 December.

To apply for a postal vote please contact the elections team:

You can apply for a postal vote at any time, either permanently or for a specific election. You do not need to give a reason for applying for a postal vote.

We usually send postal ballot papers by first class post about two weeks before polling day. Please make sure you follow the instructions that accompany the postal ballot. If you do not receive your ballot, please contact us in writing to apply for a replacement ballot.

How to cancel your postal vote

If you change your mind about voting by post, you can write to us or email us to cancel your postal vote. The deadline for cancelling a postal vote for a particular election is 11 working days before polling day.

Apply for a proxy vote

Please note: proxy vote applications for the General Election (12 December 2019) close on 4 December.

If you are physically unable to vote in person (for example, through sickness or injury or if you are working away from home or abroad), you can appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf. This should be someone you know and trust.

To request a proxy application form, please contact us:

You must state the reason for voting by proxy on the application form.

You can have a proxy vote for one election or an indefinite period. If you have a proxy vote for an indefinite period, we will ask you to renew your application every five years. 

We will send your proxy a poll card about one week before polling day.


To vote in elections you must:

  • be at least 18 years old (you can register if you are aged 16 or over)
  • be registered to vote in the area of the election
  • be either a British, Irish, EU or qualifying Commonwealth citizen

EU citizens can vote in:

  • local elections
  • European parliamentary (EP) elections - we will write to you to invite you to register in EP elections

EU citizens cannot vote in British Parliamentary elections.


You cannot vote in the UK if you are:

  • a foreign national
  • serving a prison sentence
  • under the age of 18

Anyone who is on the register of electors in your area can object to your name being added to the register. Providing there are no objections, we will add your name at the next formal update and we will send a letter of confirmation to you.


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