Running electoral registration - England

How is the 15 year period calculated? (Pre commencement of Elections Act measures)

How is the 15 year period calculated? (Pre commencement of Elections Act measures)

For electors who are (or were) included in a register of Parliamentary electors before they left the UK

The 15 year period begins from the last day that the elector was last on a register of electors in the UK, either as an ordinary elector or as a service voter.1  The date the elector left the UK is irrelevant.
 
The 15 year requirement will be met if both the application and declaration are dated within 15 years of the last date the applicant appeared on a register. The application/declaration is deemed to be made on the date that it is dated.


For electors who were too young to be included on a register of electors when they left the UK

If someone was too young to have registered before they left the UK (including as an attainer), the 15 year period begins from the date they claim to have left the UK.2

Last updated: 14 December 2023