Can electors register to vote at more than one address?

Can electors register to vote at more than one address?

Some electors may be entitled to register at more than one address. When considering an application to register a person at a secondary address you should take into account the purpose for which the elector is present at that address, to establish if they may be deemed resident there. You should consider each case on its own merits.

When coming to a determination you need to consider that:

  • a person may have more than one home, but property ownership is not sufficient to establish that someone is resident at an address - it is unlikely that owning a second property which is visited only for recreational purposes would meet the residency qualification
  • owning and paying council tax on a property alone is not sufficient to satisfy the residence qualification, this may give an indication of connection to an address but is not evidence of residence 
  • how the second home is used will affect whether or not someone may be considered to be resident at an address, i.e. is this where the ‘main business of life’ is being conducted? 
  • temporary presence at an address does not make a person resident there
  • temporary absence does not deprive a person of their residence

In each case, a person would need to be able to demonstrate their degree of permanency at both addresses. Each decision must be made on a case-by-case basis. 


Students often live at two different addresses, one during term time and one during the holidays. Students are entitled to register in respect of both addresses if you consider that they have their permanent home at both places.1
We have produced a resource with examples of how some EROs are engaging with students and encouraging student registration.


Diweddarwyd ddiwethaf: 1 Mehefin 2020