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Register to vote

How do I register to vote?

You can register to vote online

To register in time to vote in the UK General Election, you must do so by 22 May 2017.

You will need to:

  • give your name, address, date of birth and a few other details
  • provide your National Insurance Number, which can be found on your National Insurance card, or in official paperwork such as payslips, or letters about benefits or tax credits

If you are unable to use the online registration service you can telephone our Electoral Services office who can register you online whilst you are on the phone, or we can send you a paper form.

Am I eligible to register to vote?

  • Everyone who is 18 year old or over, a British, Irish, Commonwealth or EU citizen, and living at an address in South Lakeland on a permanent basis can register to vote. 
  • If someone is 16 or 17 they may be entitled to be included in the Register of Electors so that they can vote as soon as they turn 18.
  • If someone owns, and pays council tax on, a property in the area which is mainly used for holidays and is not occupied for any length of time, they should not be registered for the property but should be registered to vote where they spend the most of their time.

Please remember that paying Council Tax does not mean that you are automatically included on the Register of Electors. You must register to vote separately to be able to vote.

When will my name go onto the Register of Electors?

The register is compiled each year during the annual canvass which starts around August and ends in November.

The new register comes into force on 1 December each year and remains in force until 30 November the following year.

The register is also updated monthly so if your name has been missed off the register, or if you move during the year, you can apply to be registered at any time. This is called rolling registration.

Applications to be registered as an elector under the rolling registration process are subject to public inspection to allow any objections to be made.  At the end of this public inspection period, and if no objection is received, the applicant may be added to the Register of Electors on the first working day of the following month, depending on the date the application was received.