The Register of Electors
The Register of Electors is published every year and is produced to allow eligible people to vote in elections. By law, you must contact the Electoral Registration Officer when you move into or out of a property so that the Register can be accurately maintained.
The Annual Canvass
Once every year, the Electoral Registration Officer undertakes an audit of all the households within the district to check that the details held are correct, or to obtain up-to-date information if there have been any changes. This is known as the "Annual Canvass" and providing there are no changes to make, you can register in writing, by internet or by telephone. If you do need to make any changes, you must register in writing by amending the Registration Form which is sent to your property.
At other times of the year, you can only register by completing and signing a paper form - this is known as "Rolling Registration".
Further information is contained in the relevant link below and an individual registration form is available to download from the attachments section.
- If you are a British, Irish, Commonwealth or European Union Citizen, you need to be on the Electoral Register to be able to vote. A list of all eligible nationalities is attached below.
- You must register every year. You are not automatically registered, even if you pay Council Tax.
- If you want to restrict who has access to your name and address on the Electoral Register, you must tell the Electoral Registration Officer that you want to "opt out".
- If you move house, you should register at your new address straight away - you don't have to wait for the next canvass to take place.
- If you're living away from home (e.g. as a student), you can register at more than one address, but you can only vote once in any single election.