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Voter reg deadline

The deadline to register to vote for the elections on Thursday 2 May is Tuesday 16 April.

Overview

Your name and address will be on the electoral register if you register to vote.

If you think your name and address being on the electoral register could affect your safety, or the safety of someone in your household, you can register to vote anonymously.

This means you will still be able to vote, but your name and address will not be on the electoral register. Your electoral registration office will not disclose your details to anyone, unless they are legally required to.

Anonymous registration only lasts for one year, so you must reapply each year. Your electoral registration office will contact you when it is time for you to reapply.

Steps to register anonymously

There are three steps to register to vote anonymously. You will need to:

  • download and complete the application form
  • explain why your safety, or the safety of someone in your household, would be at risk if your details were on the electoral register
  • submit evidence to support your registration

You will need to return your application form, explanation and evidence to your local registration office.

Steps to register anonymously

If you live overseas and would like to register to vote anonymously, you cannot apply online through GOV.uk and need to contact the relevant body to request this. 

You need to reapply to be registered anonymously every year, but only need to refresh your registration as an overseas voter every three years. 

Find out how to vote anonymously

How to vote anonymously

Registered to vote anonymously? Find out how to cast your vote if you are registered as an anonymous voter.

List of evidence

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Voter ID

Voters in Wales now need to show photo ID to vote at polling stations in some elections.

If you are an anonymous voter and you wish to vote in person at one of these elections, you will need to apply for an Anonymous Elector's Document ahead of polling day.

Don’t have ID? Apply for free voter ID now.

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Voter ID

Voters in Scotland now need to show photo ID to vote at polling places in some elections.

If you are an anonymous voter and you wish to vote in person at one of these elections, you will need to apply for an Anonymous Elector's Document ahead of polling day.

Don’t have ID? Apply for free voter ID now.

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Voter ID

Voters in England now need to show photo ID to vote at polling stations in some elections.

If you are an anonymous voter and you wish to vote in person at one of these elections, you will need to apply for an Anonymous Elector's Document ahead of polling day.

Don’t have ID? Apply for free voter ID now.

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Voter ID

Overseas voters in the UK on polling day now need to show photo ID to vote at polling stations.

If you are an anonymous voter and you wish to vote in person, you will need to apply for an Anonymous Elector's Document ahead of polling day.

Don’t have ID? Apply for free voter ID now.

Information you will need to provide as part of your application

When applying for an Anonymous Elector's Document, you will need to provide your

  • name
  • address
  • date of birth
  • National Insurance number 

If you don’t know your National Insurance number, or don’t have one, you can still apply.  

Your council will contact you to request alternative proof of your identity. This could include a birth certificate, bank statement and utility bill.

If you don’t have any other accepted proof of identity, then you can ask someone who knows you to confirm your identity to your electoral services team. This is known as providing an attestation.

Your local council can provide more information on who can provide an attestation.

Find your local council contact details

Information you will need to provide as part of your application

When applying for an Anonymous Elector's Document, you will need to provide your

  • name
  • address
  • date of birth
  • National Insurance number 

If you don’t know your National Insurance number, or don’t have one, you can still apply.  

Your Electoral Registration Office will contact you to request alternative proof of your identity. This could include a birth certificate, bank statement and utility bill.

If you don’t have any other accepted proof of identity, then you can ask someone who knows you to confirm your identity to your electoral services team. This is known as providing an attestation.

Your Electoral Registration Office can provide more information on who can provide an attestation.

Find your Electoral Registration Office council contact details

Providing a photograph

You will also need to submit a photograph with your application.

The requirements for the photograph are similar to the requirements for a passport photo.

Your local council can take your photo for you.

Providing a photograph

You will also need to submit a photograph with your application.

The requirements for the photograph are similar to the requirements for a passport photo.

Your Electoral Registration Office can take your photo for you.

What does an Anonymous Elector’s Document look like?

An Anonymous Elector’s Document has the words ‘Elector’s Document’ written on the top, and does not refer to your status as being registered to vote anonymously. 

An Anonymous Elector’s Document includes:

  • the date of issue
  • your photograph 
  • your electoral number (which is the number which will appear on the electoral register instead of the voter’s name and address)
  • an appropriate identifier (which is a combination of 20 letters and numbers generated by the software used by Electoral Registration Officers)

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