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Registering to vote and the electoral register :
To vote in an election or referendum, you must be on the electoral register.
Register to vote by Monday 20 April – your vote matters, make sure you’re in

To vote at the UK general election on Thursday 7 May, you must register to vote by Monday 20 April.

In England, Scotland or Wales, you can register to vote online at

In Northern Ireland, visit our Register to vote in Northern Ireland page to download a registration form.

Who can register to vote? :
** Anyone aged 16 or over (but you cannot vote until you are 18).
** British or qualifying Commonwealth citizens. This means Commonwealth citizens who have leave to remain in the UK or do not require such leave.
** Citizens of the Republic of Ireland or other European Union (EU) member states.

How do I change my name on the electoral register? :
In England, Scotland and Wales you will need to complete a change of name form and provide proof of your change of name, such as a marriage or civil partnership certificate, an amended birth certificate, or deed poll.

How do I change my address on the electoral register? :
When you move you need to re-register to your new adress.
If you want to register to vote in England, Scotland or Wales, you can register online any time at To register to vote in Northern Ireland, visit the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland website.

Am I registered to vote? :
If you would like to find out if you are registered you will need to contact your Electoral Registration Officer. You can find their details by entering your postcode on About my vote.

Searching the electoral register :
We don’t keep copies of the electoral register (also known as the electoral roll).
The electoral register is held at your local electoral registration office (or council office in England and Wales). The Northern Ireland electoral register is held by the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland

Register to vote :
The deadline to register to vote in the general election is 20 April 2015.

Use this service to:
** register to vote
** update your name, address or other details on the electoral register

You need to be on the electoral register to vote in elections and referendums.

Registering takes around 5 minutes.

You’ll need your National Insurance number (if you have one).

Before you start :
** You can also register by post.
** The online service is also available in Welsh (Cymraeg).
** You can’t register to vote if you’re in the UK illegally.
** Public servants posted overseas

There are separate registration services for public servants who are likely to be posted overseas:
** Crown servants (eg diplomatic service, overseas civil service)
** British Council employees
** armed forces

You can still register as a non-service voter if you’re in the armed forces and have a permanent home address in the UK.

Northern Ireland :
This service is for England, Wales and Scotland only.

You’ll need to register using a different form if you live in Northern Ireland.

Voting in the UK :
1. Overview :
Before you can vote in UK elections or referendums you need to register to vote. Your name and address will then appear on the electoral register.
You can vote:
** at a polling station
** by post
** by proxy (getting someone else to vote for you)
You can register at 16, but you can’t vote until you’re 18.
When there’s a local election coming up, you’ll be sent a poll card telling you where and when to vote.
Different elections use different voting systems

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