Who can register?

There are three main criteria you need to meet to be added to the electoral register:

Age

You have to be 18 to vote but you can apply to go on the register when you are 16 so that your details are already included should an election be called.

Nationality

Only British, Irish, Commonwealth and European Union Citizens are entitled to register. Further information on eligible nationalities is available on the Electoral Commission website.

Residency

You need to be living at the address where you wish to register and not using it as a 2nd home or postal address.  If you are a British citizen resident overseas, Crown Servant serving overseas or in the Armed Services please visit the Gov.uk website for further information.

There are various other categories of people who can register in a different way. If you are homeless people, reside in a mental health unit, or are a remand prisoner you can register using an address where you would be living if it were not for your current situation or an address where you have lived in the past. If you are homeless, you can give details of where you spend a substantial part of your time.

Paying Council Tax - This will not automatically register you for electoral purposes as different criteria is required.