Don’t forget your furniture, your pets… or your right to
If you’ve just moved house, you will need to register to vote
again, and it's incredibly important that you do, otherwise you may
not be able to vote! So while you’re unpacking your fridge and
updating your TV licence, take a few minutes to ensure you’re
registered to vote.
Register to vote
If you are registering to vote in England or Wales, you can
register online at gov.uk/register-to-vote.
To register to vote in Scotland, you can fill in the
registration form on this site. Then you just need to print it,
sign it, and send it back to the electoral registration office for
your area. You can get their postal address and other contact
details by entering your postcode on this site.
Complete the registration form to register to vote in
Why you need to remember to register to vote when you
The electoral register is maintained by local electoral
registration offices, and they use the register to issue ballot
papers at elections. So you need to make sure you’ve updated them
when you move, even if you’re still within the same local authority
Between mid-August and November each year annual canvass
registration forms are delivered to every house in Great Britain
(there is no annual canvass in Northern Ireland). If you’ve just
moved house at this time, you’ll probably find that the form you
receive has the details of the old occupants. It’s important to
update the form with your details and send it back to your local
electoral registration office as soon as you can.
If you move house between December and May, it might be even
more important to register as you may have missed the annual
canvass – and remember that most elections take place in May. If
you’ve missed the annual canvass, don’t worry – you can register at
any time of year just by filling in a registration form on this
site and sending it back to your local electoral registration
office. But be aware, the deadline for registering before an
election is 12 working days before election day, so don’t leave it
too late or you won’t be able to vote!
Want further information on registration or voting? Have a look at our Frequently Asked