You can register to vote if you are 16 or over, and a British, Irish, Commonwealth or European Union citizen. If you are 16 or 17, you can register now but you are not allowed to vote until you are 18 years old.
The electoral register is a list of the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote. You aren't automatically registered to vote, even if you pay Council Tax. Electoral registration is a separate process from Council Tax registration.
Registration to vote is the bedrock of the democratic process, and it's important that electoral registers are as complete and accurate as possible – so everyone who is entitled to vote can, and no one is on the register that shouldn't be.
The electoral roll (also known as Voters roll searches and Electoral register searches) is a list of people who are eligible to vote, it also contains their address. To be able to vote you need to be one of the following:
The electoral roll is updated annually and is held at your local electoral registration office (usually the local council office in England and Wales). The Northern Ireland electoral register is held by the central Electoral Office for Northern Ireland.
Your local council sends an electoral registration form to your home between August and November each year. Most people register or renew their electoral registration as part of this process.
Returning the electoral registration form
You must return the electoral registration form, even if there is no change or no one is eligible to vote at your address. The form should list all the people who will be living at your address on 15 October and who are eligible to vote.
Some local council will allow you to renew your registration online or by phone if your details haven't changed. Look on your registration form to find out if your council provides this service.
You can perform an electoral roll search to help you locate someone.
For more information on Electoral Rolls and how to search them please visit