The Electoral Register




Right to vote

There are two distinct electoral franchises: parliamentary and local government.

How to vote

If you are on the electoral register you will be sent a poll card just before an election. You can vote:
•In person
•By post
•By proxy

Voter ID

Voter ID and Anonymous Elector Documents The Elections Act 2022 has introduced a new requirement for voters to show photo identification before voting in person in a polling station. From Thursday 4 May 2023, voters in Scotland will need to show photo ID in some elections, namely UK Parliamentary by-elections and recall petitions.  From October […]

Overseas Electors

Changes to voting in UK Parliament elections from overseas In 2022, the UK Parliament passed the Elections Act, which made several changes to the UK’s electoral system. These changes include the removal of the 15-year limit on the rights of eligible British citizens to vote in UK Parliament elections. Do you have friends or family […]

Electoral Register and Open Register

Electoral Registration Officers keep two registers using information received from the public:
•The Electoral Register
•The Open Register (previously known as the Edited Register)

Annual canvass of electors

Annual canvass of electors 2024 By law the Electoral Registration Officer is required to carry out an annual canvass of electors from 1st July to 30th November each year. We will be getting in touch with every household to check that the electoral register is up to date, and to identify any residents who should […]