The Electoral Commission

The independent body which oversees elections and regulates political finance in the UK

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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.

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

You can register to vote online at

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

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. In Scotland, details of 14 and 15 year olds will not be included in the open register.