Register to vote

Last Updated: 1 December 2021

Register to vote

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.

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:

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.

Overseas voters

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.

Students

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.

Anonymous voters

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.

Dates when the full Register or updates will be published

 Apply by Provide any information
we have asked for by
 To be added to the register on
22 November 2021  30 November 2021 1 December 2021
13 December 2021  21 December 2021 4 January 2022
10 January 2022 18 January 2022  1 February 2022
7 February 2022 15 February 2022 1 March 2022
10 March 2022 18 March 2022  1 April 2022
25 March 2022  4 April 2022 5 April 2022
(first update for the local government elections scheduled for 5 May 2022)
To be confirmed (between 28 March and 13 April 2022) To be confirmed  To be confirmed
(second update for the local government elections scheduled for on 5 May 2022)
14 April 2022 26 April 2022 27 April 2022 
(third and final update for the local elections scheduled for 5 May 2022)
10 May 2022  18 May 2022  1 June 2022
9 June 2022  17 June 2022  1 July 2022
8 July 2022  18 July 2022 1 August 2022
10 August 2022  18 August 2022  1 September 2022
9 September 2022  19 September 2022  3 October 2022
10 October 2022  18 October 2022  1 November 2022
22 November 2022  30 November 2022  1 December 2022

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.