How to register to vote

The electoral register is a list of the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote. Your local council holds the electoral register for their area.

To be able to vote in the upcoming elections on 6 May 2021 you need to be registered to vote by midnight on 19 April 2021.

If you are not on the electoral register, you cannot vote. To register to vote go to You will need your national insurance number.

If you are registered to vote you will be sent a polling card before an election. The card will tell you when elections are taking place and the location of your polling station.

After you have registered to vote you can choose to vote in person, by post or nominate a proxy to vote for you.

Who can vote

You can only vote if your name is on the electoral register. To vote you must:

  • be registered to vote
  • be 18 or over on the day of the election (‘polling day’)
  • be a British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen
  • be resident at an address in the UK (or a British citizen living abroad who has been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years)
  • not be legally excluded from voting

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