How do I register to vote in national and local elections and referendums?
Most people register to vote between September and November every year when we deliver a registration form to your home. This is known as the 'annual canvass'.
You can also register throughout the year as the electoral register is updated every month.
Visit the Electoral Commission's About My Vote website and use their interactive form to register to vote.
You will need to print off and sign the form and deliver or post it to us at the following address:
Or you can email a scanned copy to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any queries, or do not have access to a printer then please call us on 01865 249811 and we will send a form out to you.
Alternatively, you could use the computer services at your local library to print out the form.
Yes, you should re-register to vote every time you move house. You are now able to change your registration details every time you move, and not just once a year. If you have filled in and returned an annual canvass registration form since you moved to your new home, you do not need to register again.
If you move during the annual canvass then you should complete the annual canvass forms to reflect your address on 15 October. If you move after you have completed the annual canvass form then visit the About My Vote website and fill in their online interactive form or contact us for an application form.
You need to be on the electoral register to vote in all UK elections and referendums. You are not automatically registered even if you pay council tax. Not being registered may also affect your credit rating.
You can register to vote if you are:
If you are 16 or 17, you can only register to vote if you will be 18 within the lifetime of the electoral register. You cannot vote until you are 18.
Students are entitled to register at both their home address and their university address. Although it is an offence to vote more than once in a national election, you can vote in local elections at both of your addresses.
EXCEPT: if the student's home address is in the same local authority area as the university address, for example if their parents' home was in Headington and university address in Jericho, it would be an offence to vote twice in the City elections. Likewise if their parents' home was in Abingdon, and their term address was west Oxford, it would be an offence for them to vote twice in a County Council election.
Visit the Students page of the About My Vote website for more details.
Applications received before the middle of the month will appear from the first working day of the following month. The only exceptions to this will be during an election period when no changes can be made to the register and during the annual canvass in the Autumn.
Visit the About My Vote website for more frequently asked questions on registering to vote, how to vote once you've registered and other useful information on elections and voting.
Page last updated 12 June 2013