You need to be registered on the electoral register to vote in elections and referendums. You can register to appear on the register from the age of 16, but you cannot vote until you are 18.
How to register as an elector
You are responsible for registering yourself in order to vote. When registering, you will need to provide details including your National Insurance number and date of birth. This makes the electoral register more secure. You can easily register online or you can call the Elections Office on 01480 388017 to register over the phone.Register to Vote Online
Have you changed your name or address?
If you have changed your name or moved house you will need to update your details on the electoral register. You can do this online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. It takes about five minutes to update your details and you will need to submit your National Insurance number and your date of birth.
If you need to tell the Council Tax team about these changes, please complete this Change of Address form.
We may sometimes ask you to provide documentation to verify your identity to enable you to register to vote. Please note that we use electronic scanners to check and verify identity documents from all customers applying to access council services. We will scan documents with a product called Trust ID
Overseas voting changes
Do you have friends or family living abroad who are British citizens? Let them know they can now vote in UK Parliament elections, even if they've lived outside the UK for more than 15 years.
They will need to have previously lived or been registered to vote in the UK at some point in their life.
They can now also register to vote online and their overseas declaration is now valid for three years, lasting until 1 November in the third year after it takes effect.
These changes apply to UK Parliament general elections, by-elections and recall petitions.
In 2022, the UK Parliament passed the Elections Act, which made several changes to the UK's electoral system. These changes include the removal of the 15-year limit on the rights of eligible British citizens to vote in UK Parliament elections.
View more information on The Electoral Commission website.