Register to vote

Annual canvass

During the autumn you will receive a household enquiry form asking you to check whether the information that appears on the electoral register for those living at your address is correct.

If there are no changes to the information on the form you can respond quickly and easily online at or by using our automated text or Freephone service. Details of how to use these and your unique code are printed on your form.

If you need to add someone, including any 16 or 17-year olds, visit

If there are changes to an existing elector's details, such as removing an elector or changes to an elector's absent vote preference, removing or adding an elector from the open register or where an elector will be 76 or over on 1 December this year (electors who are 76 years of age are exempt from jury service) you can request these changes online at It is not possible to amend an existing elector's name or nationality using the online service.

If there are changes to an existing elector's name or nationality, simply amend the form, sign it and return it to us in the prepaid envelope, following the instructions on the form. Once we receive your amended form we will get in touch if we need you to take any further action.

The letter that comes with your household enquiry form will tell you what you need to do.

Register to vote

Registering to vote is straightforward and only takes a few minutes.

Register to vote on the website

  1. Fill in your name, address, date of birth and the other details you are asked for. You'll also need your National Insurance number, which can be found on your National Insurance card, or in official paperwork such as payslips, letters about benefits or tax credits.
  2. Once we've checked your details, we'll send you a letter to confirm if you've been added to the electoral register.

Who can register to vote?

You can register to vote if you are:

  • 16 years old or over (although you can’t vote until you are 18); and
  • a British or Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of the Irish Republic or other European Union state;

 List of eligible countries (PDF 89KB)

Absent voting

For more information on what to do if you're away or cannot go to your polling station on election day, please visit our Absent voting page.

The electoral register and the open register

There are two versions of the electoral register – the open register and the full version. 

 Notice of intention to publish a revised register of electors on 1 March 2017 (PDF 123KB)

Opting out of the open register

You can opt out of the open register – the version of the register that’s available to anyone who wants to buy a copy.

To be removed from the open register, download and complete the  Opting out of the open register form (PDF 6KB).

Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote.

The full register

Everyone’s name and address goes on the full version of the electoral register. The full version of the register is only used for:

  • elections
  • preventing and detecting crime (for example, fraud)
  • calling people for jury service
  • checking credit applications

A full version of the electoral register is held at The Forum in Hemel Hempstead and can be viewed by anyone under supervision.

Registering to vote anonymously

You may be able to register anonymously if you can show that there’s a good reason, such as you’re concerned about your safety.

Your details won’t appear on either version of the electoral register if you register anonymously.

Please contact us to find out if you can register anonymously. You will need to provide documentary evidence to support your application.

Contact us

Telephone: 01442 228000 and ask for Electoral Services