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|
|Friday 11 December 2020||Monday 21 December 2020||Monday 4 January 2021|
|Friday 8 January 2021||Monday 18 January 2021||Monday 1 February 2021|
|Friday 5 February 2021||Monday 15 February 2021||Monday 1 March 2021|
|Wednesday 10 March 2021||Thursday 18 March 2021||Thursday 1 April 2021|
|Monday 19 April 2021||Tuesday 27 April 2021||Wednesday 28 April 2021 (for voting at elections scheduled for 6 May 2021)|
|Monday 10 May 2021||Tuesday 18 May 2021||Tuesday 1 June 2021|
|Wednesday 9 June 2021||Thursday 17 June 2021||Thursday 1 July 2021|
|Friday 9 July 2021||Monday 19 July 2021||Monday 2 August 2021|
|Tuesday 10 August 2021||Wednesday 18 August 2021||Wednesday 1 September 2021|
|Monday 22 November 2021||Tuesday 30 November 2021||Wednesday 1 December – Publication of revised register|
|* 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.