Registering to vote
You need to be on the electoral register to be able to vote in local and national elections and referendums. Each individual is responsible for their own registration.
You can register to vote if you're:
- 16 or older - although you can't vote until you're 18
- a British citizen, qualifying Commonwealth, Irish or other European Union citizen living in the UK.
The easiest way to register is online. You'll need to give your name, address, date of birth and national insurance number.
You can also change your details online if, for example, you've moved home.
If you have recently married or changed your name by deed poll you will need to complete a change of name form and send it to us.
Voting by post or proxy
Postal voting gives you the option of voting by post rather than visiting a polling station.
A proxy is where you can appoint someone to vote on your behalf either at your polling station or by post. If you want to appoint a proxy you'll need to provide a reason why, for example, you're on holiday or in hospital.
If you are a British citizen living abroad you can apply to be an overseas elector. You must have been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years to be eligible to vote in UK Parliamentary elections.
If you were too young to register when you left the UK you can still register as an overseas elector if your parent or guardian was registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years and you left the UK no more than 15 years ago.