You need to be registered to vote in UK elections and referendums. The electoral register lists everyone who is registered to vote, it is maintained by the Electoral Registration Officer.
Who can register to vote?
To register to vote:
- You must be resident in the electoral area
- You must be a British, Irish, Commonwealth citizen or citizen of a European Union country
- You must be 16 or over (you must be over 18 to vote except for in the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum)
- You must not be subject to any legal incapacity to vote
Other groups of people in special circumstances can register to vote:
How can I register to vote?
You can fill in a voter registration form online. You will need to print off the form and return it to the Electoral Registration Officer.
Can I view the electoral register?
The full electoral register can be viewed under supervision at:
An edited register is available for sale but does not contain the names of electors who have asked to be excluded from the document.