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Registering to vote

Last Modified March 02, 2023

It is a legal requirement to be on the electoral register. The law makes it compulsory to provide information to an electoral registration officer for inclusion in the full register. The details we are likely to require are; your name, address, national insurance number, nationality and age.

The full register is published once a year and is updated every month. It is used by electoral registration officers and returning officers for purposes related to elections and referendums. Although it is a legal requirement to be on the register, it is not a legal requirement to vote, that is your statutory right to choose to vote or not. The register is also used by local authorities and government departments to aid in duties relating to security, law enforcement and crime prevention.


Currently not registered? Or need to update your registration?

You can use the online registration service to;

  • Register for the electoral register,
  • Update your name, address or nationality or
  • Opt in or out of the open register


Who can register?

You must be aged 16 or over to register.

You must also be one of the following:

  • All British, Commonwealth, Irish and other European Union citizens.
  • Crown servants employed outside the United Kingdom.
  • Members of HM Forces and their spouses.
  • European citizens are allowed to vote in European and local elections only.
  • Overseas electors.
  • Overseas electors are allowed to vote in Parliamentary and European elections only.


You can vote when you are 18 or over.

You can check which elections you are eligible to vote in.


Overseas Electors

You can register as an overseas voter if you:

  • are a British or eligible Irish citizen
  • were registered to vote in the UK within the last 15 years


You can register to vote in the same way at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

However, you must select "British citizen living in another country" and input when you left the United Kingdom and where you were registered previously.

The easiest way to vote as an overseas elector is by postal vote or by nomination of a proxy to vote on your behalf. You can download the below forms to apply for an absent vote;


Deadlines for electoral registration

If your application is submitted or altered after the application deadline, your registration will be published on the following months publication date.

 Application deadlinepublication date 
10th January 2022 1st February 2022
7th February 2022 1st March 2022
10th March 2022 1st April 2022
7th April 2022 3rd May 2022
10th May 2022 1st June 2022
9th June 2022 1st July 2022
8th July 2022 1st August 2022
10th August 2022 1st September 2022

Any new additions submitted during the Annual Canvass period, will be added to the electoral register following the full publication in December.

For further assistance please email elections@hertsmere.gov.uk or call 02082077481.

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