Register to vote

You are responsible for registering yourself to vote. You must register each time you move address. You are not automatically registered to vote by other contact you have with us, such as when you register for Council Tax.

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We can send a paper registration form if you or someone you know is not sure that they are registered to vote or need official confirmation of voting status. We can also do this if the person cannot register to vote online. You may need confirmation of voting status for such things as a loan, for example. You request a paper registration form by -

  • completing the Electoral Register Enquiries form at the bottom of this page
  • emailing us with their name and address at
  • telephoning us on 01482 300 302

You can also register over the phone using the number above or visit us at the Guildhall. Our office opening hours are 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Thursday, and 8.30am to 4pm on a Friday. We recommend calling ahead to make an appointment with us.

Anyone who calls to register needs their National Insurance Number to hand, if they have one. This is required as part of the application.

The electoral register is only updated at certain times of the year. This is generally on the first working day of every month. Be aware that these are strict legal deadlines which we are unable to change.

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Support for people with learning disabilities

Mencap and the Cabinet Office have worked together to produce guidance on voting and registering. The guidance is for -

  • people with learning disabilities
  • support workers and families 

Every Vote Counts have worked with people with learning disabilities and people who support them to develop easy information about -

  • politics
  • how politics affects people
  • how to get involved and have a say in how the country is run

Fraud prevention

We have a duty to protect the public funds we administer. We may use information that you provide for the prevention and detection of fraud. We may also share this information with other organisations responsible for auditing or administering public funds for these purposes. This is in accordance with our privacy policy.