Register to vote
Last Updated: 12 January 2023
If you're unable to register online, please call the Electoral Services office. We can send you a paper form or take your registration over the telephone.
To register to vote, you'll need your name, date of birth, address and a few other details, including your National Insurance number.
If you don't know your National Insurance number, you can find it on your National Insurance card or in official paperwork such as pay slips, pension statements and letters about tax credits or other benefits.
If you can't give your National Insurance number, you'll be asked to say why and we may need to ask you for more information so that we can check your identity.
If you change your address you will need to re-register to vote. Paying council tax doesn't automatically add you to the Register. Telling the council tax department or one of our other council departments that you have moved won't change your address on the Register either. Registering to vote is a different process.
Who can register to vote
You can join the Register of Electors if you:
- live in the South Lakeland area on a permanent basis, which is more than six months of the year
- are a British, Irish, European Union (EU) or qualifying Commonwealth citizen
- are aged 16 or older, but you can't vote until you reach 18
Eligibility to register to vote for EU citizens
The transition period ended on 31 December 2020 and the United Kingdom is no longer a member of the EU. EU citizens are still eligible to vote in local elections. We will update this page if and when this arrangement changes.
Second homes and holiday homes
You must register at the address where you spend most of your time.
If you own a property and use it mainly for holidays or have long periods where you don't stay at the address, you shouldn't register to vote there, even if you pay council tax for the property.
If you're a UK citizen living abroad, you may be able to register as an overseas voter.
The voting method for all electors, including overseas voters, is automatically set to voting in person. If you register as an overseas elector you may also wish to:
We recommend that overseas electors consider voting by proxy because it can take time for postal ballot packs to reach other countries and be returned to the Returning Officer in time to be counted, which is 10pm on polling day. However you are welcome to apply for a postal vote instead.
If you're a student and your term-time address is outside the South Lakeland area, you may be able to register to vote at both your home and term-time address. You can only vote once in each election or referendum.
If your safety, or the safety of someone you live with, could be put at risk if you appear on the electoral register, you may be able to register to vote anonymously.
Please contact Electoral Services for more information. You can't register anonymously online, there's a different registration form for anonymous electors.
People with no fixed address
Even if you don't have a permanent address, you may be able to register to vote. There are different ways to register, depending on your circumstances, so please contact Electoral Services if you would like further information about this.
When your name will be added to the register of electors
Applying to register doesn't automatically add you to the Electoral Register. We have to check your details first. We'll then write to you to either confirm when you will be added to the register, or to ask for more information.
You can apply to register to vote at any time, but the date you appear on the Register will depend on when you applied.
We will publish extra updates for any areas that have elections or by-elections throughout the year.
|Apply by||Provide any information
we have asked for by
|To be added to the register on|
|12 December 2022||20 December 2022||3 January 2023|
|10 January 2023||18 January 2023||1 February 2023|
|7 February 2023||15 February 2023||1 March 2023|
|10 March 2023||20 March 2023||3 April 2023|
|6 April 2023||18 April 2023||2 May 2023|
|10 May 2023||18 May 2023||1 June 2023|
|9 June 2023||19 June 2023||3 July 2023|
|10 August 2023||18 August 2023||1 September 2023|
|8 September 2023||18 September 2023||2 October 2023|
|10 October 2023||18 October 2023||1 November 2023|
|22 November 2023||30 November 2022||1 December 2023|
|11 December 2023||19 December 2022||2 January 2024|
Credit reference agencies
If you apply for things such as a mortgage, loan, mobile phone contract or credit card, credit reference agencies may check the electoral register to help them confirm your identity. Electoral registration isn't the only thing credit reference agencies look at, but don't wait until you need credit or finance to register to vote, they won't be able to find you on the register until we send them a monthly update or publish the full Register, and this can take several weeks.