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Register to vote
Who is eligible to register to vote
You can register to vote in the UK if you are :
- resident (usually live) in the UK, and aged 16 or over (but you will not be able to vote until you are 18)
You must also be either:
- a British, Irish or European Union Citizen
- a Commonwealth citizen who has leave to remain in the UK or who does not require leave to remain in the UK
Why should I register to vote?
You need to register to be able to vote. If you aren't registered to vote you won't have the chance to have a say on who represents you.
Some people also register to vote because they want to apply for credit. This is because credit reference agencies use the register to confirm where someone lives when they apply for credit in order to counteract fraud.
What if I don't register?
Not only will you not have a say at future elections and referendums, but if you don't respond to requests for information from the Electoral registration office you could be at risk of being fined.
It is important you register to vote. If your name is missing from the electoral register you don't get a say in how things are run.
When will my details be included on the register of electors?
The following dates apply for the coming year :
Last date to apply Date details included
Wed 10 January 2018 Thur 1 February 2018
Wed 7 February 2018 Thur 1 March 2018
Mon 12 March 2018 Tues 3 April 2018
Thur 10 May 2018 Fri 1 June 2018
Fri 8 June 2018 Mon 2 July 2018
Fri 10 July 2018 Wed 1 August 2018
Fri 10 August 2018 Mon 3 September 2018
Thur 22 Nov 2018 Mon 3 December 2018
Please note there are no updates during the annual canvass period which is why there is a gap between September and December.
Registering to vote if you have a learning disability
Only a third of people with a learning disability vote in the UK - Mencap want to help more people use their right to vote.
The Mencap website gives some useful information including a number of easy read guides.
Registering to vote if you're a young person
It is important that young people register to vote so that their voices can be heard.
Anyone aged 16 or over can apply to be added to the electoral register in order to ensure they can vote as soon as they turn 18. You can register on line in the normal way at the link at the top of this page.
The Bite the Ballot campaign encourages young people to engage in local and national politics. You can find out more at the Bite the Ballot website.