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How do I register to vote?

You need to register before you can vote in UK elections. The different ways you can register to vote are listed below.

Registering to vote in England, Scotland and Wales

Register online

Visit the UK Government website to fill in a simple online form:

You will need your National Insurance Number (if you have one).

Register by post

Print off a form and send it to your local Electoral Registration Office:

Alternatively you can contact your local Electoral Registration Office and ask them to post a form to you:

Registering in Northern Ireland

Print off and complete an Electoral Registration Form and return it to your Area Electoral Office.

Who can register to vote?

You can register to vote if you are 16 years old or over but you cannot vote in a UK general election until you are 18 years old. You must also be a British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen.

EU citizens and some citizens of other countries that have permission (or do not need permission) to remain in the UK, may vote in local and devolved parliament elections, and so can also register to vote, but they cannot vote in UK general elections.

More information is at: 

Overseas and service voters

If you are a British citizen living abroad, you can apply to be an overseas voter.

You can register as a service voter if you are a member of the armed forces or the spouse or civil partner of someone in the armed forces.

When can I register to vote?

You can register to vote, or change your address on the electoral register, at any time throughout the year.

However, if you are seeking to vote in a specific election there will be a deadline by which you must have registered that will be determined by when that election is to be held.

Am I already registered to vote?

To find out whether or not you are registered to vote, you need to contact your Electoral Registration Officer. You can find their details by entering your postcode at: Your Election Information.

Further information

More information on how to register to vote can be found on the Electoral Commission website.

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Electoral Commission

The Electoral Commission is an independent body, accountable directly to the UK Parliament, that regulates elections in the UK, promotes voter awareness and works to build confidence in the electoral process.

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The UK is currently divided into 650 areas called parliamentary constituencies, each of which is represented by one MP in the House of Commons.

Websites of the political parties

Below are links to the websites of the political parties which have been elected to the House of Commons:

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Living Heritage

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