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.

Electoral registration changed recently, the new system is called Individual Electoral Registration (IER). You are now responsible for registering yourself to vote.

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?

Already registered
Most people on the electoral register will be automatically registered under the new system. However, some people will need to re-register. You should receive a letter soon which tells you whether or not you have been automatically registered. Please let us know if you haven't received a letter by 14th November 2014.

Not currently registered or required to re-register
If you are not already registered, have been asked to re-register or are moving to a new address then you can:

You can also call 01387 260627 or email ier@dumgal.gov.uk to be sent a form.

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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