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You must be registered to vote in elections. 

You can register to vote on the GOV.UK website.

If you are unable to register online, contact us using the details on this page so that we can help or give you a form to complete. 

Who can register 

You must be aged 16 or over to register and one of the following:

  • a British citizen 
  • an Irish or EU citizen living in the UK 
  • a Commonwealth citizen who has permission to enter or stay in the UK or who does not need permission 

How you can vote 

You can vote in person, by post or by proxy (someone you have nominated to vote on your behalf).

If you choose to vote in person, you will receive a polling card that tells you where and when to vote.  

If you choose to vote by post or by proxy you will receive a pack with voting instructions.   

Voter ID

From 4 May 2023 all voters are required to show photo ID at polling stations before they are given a ballot paper. Find more information on our Voter ID page.

Polling cards

Polling cards are sent out around 3 weeks before an election and include the date of the election and your polling station.  

You do not have to bring your polling card to vote but it can help speed up the process.  

If you have not received a polling card and want to find out if you are registered to vote you can contact us.

Check if you are already registered 

To check whether you are on the register you can: 

Opting out 

If you want to opt out of the open register you can visit our electoral and open register page.

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