Registering to vote

You need to be registered to vote in UK elections and referendums. Everyone who is registered to vote is listed on the electoral register.

A new electoral registration system called Individual Electoral Registration (IER) was brought in recently. This means:

  • You are now responsible for registering yourself to vote.
  • You need to provide your national insurance number and date of birth
  • You can now register online

Who can register to vote?

To register to vote, you must:

  • Be resident in the electoral area
  • Be a qualifying British, Irish, Commonwealth or European Union citizen 
  • Be 16 or over (you must be 18 or over to vote)
  • Not be subject to any legal incapacity to vote

Other groups can register to vote in special circumstances:

How do I register to vote?

The deadline to register to vote in the general election is Monday 20 April.

Can I vote in the 2015 General Election?

You need to be included on the electoral register in order to vote.

There are some people who are entitled to be registered, but won't be entitled to vote at the general election. For example, while you can register to vote before you turn 18, you have to be 18 or older on election day in order to vote.

In order to vote at the UK general election you also have to be British, Irish or a national of a Commonwealth country. EU nationals (other than those who are British, Irish or Commonwealth) cannot vote at UK Parliamentary elections, but they can register to vote at local and certain other elections.

To vote in the UK general election you must register by midnight on Monday 20 April. You will get a polling card with more information in April if you are entitled to vote.

What happens to the information I provide?

Everyone who is registered to vote is listed on the electoral register.

The Electoral Registration Officer keeps an electoral register and an open register (also known as the edited register) using information provided by the public.

Related Information

Contact Details


Electoral Registration Officer

Carmont House
The Crichton
Bankend Road

Tel: 01387 260627
Fax: 01387 260632
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External Links

Contact Dumfries and Galloway Council T: 030 33 33 3000

Council Offices
English Street

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