You will need to register to vote in order to take part in local and national elections, and in referendums and police commissioner votes. You can register to vote if you are:
- 16 or older (although you will not be able to vote until you are 18)
- A British citizen
- An Irish, qualifying Commonwealth, or European Union Citizen living in the UK
If you can't get online, you can call us on 01509 634546.
It is important to register:
- to exercise your democratic right to vote in any public election
- you may not be able to open a bank account, have a mobile phone contract or get credit
If you're not sure if you have already registered to vote, you can contact Electoral Services to find out. Electoral registration is separate from other parts of the council. If you pay Council Tax it doesn't automatically mean you're registered to vote.
Changes to the way we register
The way we all register to vote has changed to a system called Individual Electoral Registration (IER). This IER system means:
- You can now register online.
- Everyone is responsible for registering themselves. Under the old system the 'head of every household' could register everyone who lived at their address.
- You will be asked to confirm your identity when registering to vote (usually by giving your name, address, nationality, any previous address, your date of birth and your national insurance number).
- If you can’t find your number, see www.gov.uk/lost-national-insurance-number.
What if I have more than one address
If you split your time between two addresses, for example if you're a student with a home address and a term-time address, you can register to vote at both addresses, as long as they're not both in the Charnwood area.
You must live at both addresses for some of the time, and not rent out either property. At a local council election you can vote in both places. In a general election you must choose to vote in one place only.
What if I live or work abroad?
If you are a British citizen living abroad, you can register to vote for parliamentary elections (not local elections) in the constituency where you last lived. You can vote for 15 years from when you registered.
Government employees, and people who work for the British Council Employees, and their spouses and civil partners, can be registered at an address they still have in Britain, or at the last address they were registered if different.
What if I am part of the Armed Forces?
Those in the armed forces, and their spouses or civil partners, can register in either of the following ways:
- If you are based in the UK and unlikely to be posted overseas or to move around often in the next year
- register to vote in the normal way
- If you are likely to be based overseas in the next year
- register as a service voter using a fixed address
Can I vote anonymously?
It is possible to ask to register anonymously for reasons of safety, for example: if you are escaping violence or have a job that puts you at risk from other people for instance.
You’ll need documentary evidence like a court order or an injunction, or written support from a relevant organisation.
Am I already registered?
If you're not sure if you have already registered to vote, you can contact Electoral Services to find out.
Electoral registration is separate from other parts of the council. If you pay Council Tax it doesn't automatically mean you're registered to vote.
Last updated: Tue 3rd May, 2022 @ 15:20