Registering to Vote

You need to be registered to vote in UK elections and referendums. Everyone who is registered to vote is listed on the electoral register.

A new electoral registration system called Individual Electoral Registration (IER) was brought in recently. This means:

  • you are now responsible for registering yourself to vote.
  • you need to provide your national insurance number and date of birth
  • you can now register online Register to vote at

Who can register

To register to vote, you must:

  • Be resident in the electoral area
  • Be a qualifying British, Irish, Commonwealth or European Union citizen aged 16 or over
  • 14 and 15 year olds can register but cannot vote until they are 16 (Scottish Parliamentary or Local Government Elections) or 18 (UK or European Parliamentary Elections )
  • Not be subject to any legal incapacity to vote. European Union Member States Commonwealth Countries and other groups can register to vote in special circumstances:
  • British citizens living abroad
  • Members of the Armed Forces
  • Crown servants or British Council employees
  • Eligible voters with no fixed address

How to register

Call: 01387 260627

E-mail: [email protected]

Register Online