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How do I register to vote?

Registering to vote is simple. You can register to vote at any time of the year.

The deadline to register to vote for elections on 7 May 2015 has now passed

You can no longer register to vote in the elections on 7 May 2015. The deadline to apply to register was Monday 20 April.

If you are not sure if you are already registered, contact your local electoral registration office.

You can still register now for other future elections.

In England, Scotland or Wales, you can register to vote online at gov.uk/register-to-vote.

In Northern Ireland, visit our Register to vote in Northern Ireland page to download a registration form.

Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland the Chief Electoral Officer is responsible for compiling and maintaining the electoral register. Rather than household registration an individual can register at any time of the year. When registering to vote in Northern Ireland you have to provide personal identification information such as your date of birth and national insurance number. You can find out more at www.eoni.org.uk.

About the register

There are two versions of the register - the electoral register and the open register. Your details will appear on the full version of the register, but you can choose to exclude your details from the open register by choosing to 'opt out. The electoral register is used for elections, preventing and detecting crime, and checking applications for credit. The open register is available for general sale and can be used for commercial activities such as marketing.