How to check if you are already registered to vote
Every local authority holds the electoral register for their own area. There is no online electoral register. To find out if you are already on the electoral register, contact us by using the contact details at the bottom of the page.
How long will it take for my name to appear on the Electoral Register?*
The Electoral Register is updated once a month but it may take longer to be registered. Please see the table of dates below:-
|We need to have received your application by||If you are asked to provide further evidence, we need to have it by||To include you in the register that’s published on|
|Monday 12 December 2022||Wednesday 21 December 2022||Tuesday 3 January 2023|
|Tuesday 10 January 2023||Wednesday 18 January 2023||Wednesday 1 February 2023|
|Tuesday 7 February 2023||Wednesday 15 February 2023||Wednesday 1 March 2023|
|Friday 10 March 2023||Monday 20 March 2023||Monday 3 April 2023|
|Thursday 6 April 2023||Wednesday 19 April 2023||Tuesday 2 May 2023|
|Wednesday 10 May 2023||Thursday 18 May 2023||Thursday 1 June 2023|
|Friday 9 June 2023||Monday 19 June 2023||Monday 3 July 2023|
|Monday 10 July 2023||Tuesday 18 July 2023||Tuesday 1 August 2023|
|Thursday 10 August 2023||Friday 18 August 2023||Friday 1 September 2023|
|* The deadline to register to vote at a particular election is 12 working days before polling day.|
When I register to vote, will my details be passed on to marketing companies?
There are two registers. Why?
Using information received from the public, registration officers keep two registers the electoral register and the open register (also known as the edited register).
The electoral register
The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in public elections. The register is used for electoral purposes, such as making sure only eligible people can vote. It is also used for other limited purposes specified in law, such as:
- detecting crime (e.g. fraud)
- calling people for jury service
- checking credit applications
The open register
The open register is an extract of the electoral register, but is not used for elections. It can be bought by any person, company or organisation. For example, it is used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details.
Your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed. Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote.
If you are concerned that having your name or address on the register may affect your safety, there could be other options available to you. In certain circumstances, you can register without your name and address showing on the register.
You can also request that you be opted out at any time by contacting the Electoral Services Team using the contact details below. You must make it clear that you wish to opt out of the open register, and include your full name and address.