Register to vote
You need to be registered to vote in UK elections and referendums. Everyone who is registered to vote is listed on the electoral register.
To register to vote, you must:
- be resident in the electoral area
- be a qualifying British, Irish, Commonwealth or European Union citizen
- be 14 or over
- 16/17 year olds can vote at Scottish Parliamentary and Local Government elections
- You have to be 18 or over to vote at UK Parliamentary or European Parliamentary elections
- not be subject to any legal incapacity to vote
Other groups can register to vote in special circumstances:
- British citizens living abroad
- Members of the Armed Forces
- Crown servants or British Council employees
- Eligible voters with no fixed address
Register or tell us about a change
You can use an online service to register or update the details you registered:
You can also:
- Call 01387 260627
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Your details will be added to the electoral register. We use the register at elections and it can be used for things such as detecting fraud or calling you for jury service.
The electoral register can be viewed under supervision at:
An extract of the full register, called the open or edited register, is also available for anyone to purchase. Your name and address are included in the open register unless you ask us to remove them. You can still vote if your details are removed.
Email email@example.com with your full name and address if you want to opt out of the open register.