Registering to vote

If you and anyone that you live with qualify to vote you will need to register to vote, you will need to do this individually. You also need to change your details if you move house.

You can find out more about them Your details will be kept on an electoral register. We keep two copies of the electoral register. You can find out more about them at the bottom of this page.

You can now register to vote online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and it should only take a few minutes. You will need your National Insurance number and date of birth to complete the application.

How do I find out if I am on the electoral register?

Approximately a month before an election, if you have registered to vote you will receive a poll card, which provides details for how you can vote on polling day. If you need to know before then, contact the council’s Electoral Services

When will my details be added to the electoral register?

On the first working day of each month (except in October, November and December), we publish a list of alterations to the electoral register. In the weeks prior to an election, we may publish some additional lists of alterations.

Application received by Date added to electoral register
Monday 12 December 2016 Tuesday 3 January 2017
Tuesday 10 January 2017 Wednesday 1 February 2017
Tuesday 7 February 2017 Wednesday 1 March 2017
Friday 10 March 2017 Monday 3 April 2017
Thursday 6 April 2017 Tuesday 2 May 2017
Tuesday 2 May 2017 Thursday 11 May 2017
Monday 15 May 2017 Wednesday 24 May 2017
Monday 22 May 2017 Thursday 1 June 2017
Friday 9 June 2017 Monday 3 July 2017
Monday 10 July 2017 Tuesday 1 August 2017
Thursday 10 August 2017 Friday 1 September 2017

How will I know I’ve been added to the electoral register?

We will send you a confirmation letter once your name has gone on the register.

As long as you have given all the information requested you will be added to the register. If we need more information we will get in touch.

You can find out if you are on the electoral register by emailing the Elections team or by calling 020 8583 2828.

How do I opt out of the open register?

Using information received from the public, registration officers keep two registers – the electoral register and the open register (also known as the edited register). The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone that is registered to vote in public elections. The register is used for electoral purposes, such as making sure only eligible people can vote. It is also used for other limited purposes specified in law, such as:

  • detecting crime (e.g. fraud)
  • calling people for jury service
  • checking credit applications.

The open register is an extract of the electoral register, but is not used for elections. It can be bought by any person, company or organisation. For example, it is used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details. Your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed. Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote.

If you want to opt out of having your details appear on the open register please email the Elections team or call us on 020 8583 2828. Please note that an individual must make this request themselves as we cannot accept a request made on someone else’s behalf.