Don’t forget your furniture, your pets… or your right to
If you’ve just moved house, you will need to
register to vote again, and it's incredibly important that you
do, otherwise you may not be able to vote! So while
you’re unpacking your fridge and updating your TV licence, take a
few minutes to ensure you’re registered to vote.
The electoral register is maintained by local electoral
registration offices, and they use the register to issue ballot
papers at elections. So you need to make sure you’ve updated them
when you move, even if you’re still within the same local authority
area. You can fill in the registration form on this site, then you
just need to print it, sign it, and send it back to the electoral
registration office for your area. You can get their postal address
and other contact details by entering your postcode on this
Register to vote as soon as possible! You might not think
there’s a rush, but elections can be called at any time and at
short notice, so make sure you’re registered so you can have your
Between mid-August and November each year annual canvass
registration forms are delivered to every house in Great Britain
(there is no annual canvass in Northern Ireland). If you’ve just
moved house at this time, you’ll probably find that the form you
receive has the details of the old occupants. Its important to
update the form with your details and send it back to your local
electoral registration office as soon as you can.
If you move house between December and May, it might be even
more important to register as you may have missed the annual
canvass – and remember that most elections take place in May. If
you’ve missed the annual canvass, don’t worry – you can register at
any time of year just by filling in a registration form on this
site and sending it back to your local electoral registration
office. But be aware, the deadline for registering before an
election is 11 working days before election day, so don’t leave it
too late or you won’t be able to vote!
Want further information on registration or voting?
Have a look at our Frequently Asked
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The next scheduled elections in the UK are due to take place in May 2012. These include local government elections in Wales, Scotland and some parts of England, and the London Assembly and Mayoral elections.
Your Electoral Registration Office
To view your Electoral Registration Office details, enter your postcode above