electoral register is the only official means by which
the local authority can confirm you are entitled to vote.
You cannot vote if you are not registered and you are
not automatically registered, even if you pay council
full register is available for the public to view. An
edited version is available for sale. You have the option
to remove your name and address from this edited version
if you do not want them to be available for sale.
can register to vote if:
are over 17 or over (but you may not vote until your
are a British or Commonwealth citizen.
are a citizen of the Irish Republic or of any other
European Union country.
are sent out to every household in the borough once a
year. You should have received yours during last August
or September. The law says you must return these forms
and confirm the list of all the people in your household
eligible to vote so that the new register can be updated
and published on December 1 each year. Between January
and August, names can be added or amended but this must
be followed by completion of the annual form the next
time it is circulated.
you are unsure whether you are registered you can check
a copy of the electoral register which is held at every
Service Centre and at the Electoral
Services office. If you are not registered
but are eligible to vote contact Electoral
Services. You must apply to register
by 13 March 2006 to be eligible to vote.
electoral register is used by credit reference agencies
to check your name and address if you are applying for
credit. It is a criminal offence to give false information
or to refuse to complete the registration form, carrying
a fine of up to £1,000.