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Registering to vote and the electoral register

To vote in an election or referendum, you must be on the electoral register. 

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.

Who can register to vote?

  • Anyone aged 16 or over (but you cannot vote until you are 18).
  • British or qualifying Commonwealth citizens. This means Commonwealth citizens who have leave to remain in the UK or do not require such leave.
  • Citizens of the Republic of Ireland or other European Union (EU) member states.

How do I change my name on the electoral register?

In England, Scotland and Wales you will need to complete a change of name form and provide proof of your change of name, such as a marriage or civil partnership certificate, an amended birth certificate, or deed poll.

For further information you should contact your local electoral registration office. You can find their contact details by entering your postcode on About my vote.

How do I change my address on the electoral register?

When you move you need to re-register to your new address.

If you want to register to vote in England, Scotland or Wales, you can register online any time at gov.uk/register-to-vote. To register to vote in Northern Ireland, visit the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland website.

Am I registered to vote?

If you would like to find out if you are registered you will need to contact your Electoral Registration Officer. You can find their details by entering your postcode on About my vote.

Searching the electoral register

We don't keep copies of the electoral register (also known as the electoral roll).

The electoral register is held at your local electoral registration office (or council office in England and Wales). The Northern Ireland electoral register is held by the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland. You can find contact details for your local office by entering your postcode on our About my vote website.

Other questions about registering to vote

If you have any other questions about registering to vote or the electoral register, you may find the answer in our frequently asked questions on About my vote.

Or you can call us on 020 7271 0592 or email info@electoralcommission.org.uk.

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