The electoral register, also known as the electoral roll, is a list of everyone who is entitled to vote.
You must be on the register to be able to vote at an election.
Once you are registered there are a number of ways you can vote.
Individual Electoral Registration
In June 2014, the way in which people register to vote changed to Individual Electoral Registration (IER).
(Please note: After you have applied to register, we will need to check and process your application before it can be approved.)
The full register and the open register
The open register may be purchased by anyone. You may choose to have your details excluded from the open register if you wish.
More information on the electoral register.
If you feel that adding your name to the electoral register would have serious safety implications for you and other members of your household, you can apply for anonymous registration. There is a set procedure for these applications.
Please read more on anonymous registration or contact us on on 0300 123 1115.
If you are a member of the British Armed Forces, you can now choose whether to register as a service voter or as a civilian (ordinary elector).
More voting information for service personnel.
You may register as an overseas elector if you are:
- A British citizen living outside the United Kingdom and you satisfy certain conditions
- You are working outside the UK as a Crown Servant or as an employee of the British Council
- Are married to or are the civil partner of a Crown Servant or British Council employee and you are accompanying them during their employment abroad
More information on voting for people living or working overseas.
Persons with no fixed address
You can still register to vote even if you do not have a fixed address. This may be because you are:
- A patient in a mental health hospital
- A merchant seaman
- Part of the gypsy or travelling community
- Living on a boat or other movable residence
- A person remanded in custody
If you are staying at an address for an extended length of time, you can be considered as living there and can register for that address. This could be a hospital, hostel, prison facility or similar place.
If you do not have a permanent address, you can register at an address where you spend most of your time or have some connection. This could be your previous permanent address, a shelter or similar place.
To register, you need to fill in a form known as a Declaration of local connection or ITR for person with no fixed address.
More information is available at the Your Vote Matters website.
Who can register?
- British, Irish and Commonwealth citizens over the age of 18 can register to vote at all types of election in the United Kingdom
- Seventeen-year olds and sixteen-year olds (They can vote as soon as they are 18)
- European Union citizens can register to vote at local government and European Parliamentary elections only
- British overseas electors can vote in British and European Parliamentary elections only
- Those who normally live at your address but are away for the time being, such as on holiday, students in the United Kingdom or in hospital (including voluntary patients in psychiatric hospitals)
- Anyone who is away working (unless they are away for more than six months)
- Any other residents, lodgers or guests (except short-stay visitors who cannot register to vote)
Please check the list of eligible nationalities to see if you are entitled to register.
Normally a person is considered resident at an address for electoral purposes if that is their permanent home address.
Who cannot register?
- Foreign nationals, except for citizens of member states of the European Union
- People under 16
Further information about registering to vote can be found at www.yourvotematters.co.uk.