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 payslips, pension statements and letters about tax credits and 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 does not automatically add you to the register of electors. Registering to vote is a different process.
Who can register to vote
You can join the register of electors if you are:
- living in the South Lakeland area on a permanent basis, which is more than six months of the year
- a British, Irish, EU or qualifying Commonwealth citizen
- 16 or older, but you can't vote until you reach 18
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 do not stay at the address, you should not 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 apply for a postal or proxy vote.
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 is 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.
The register is created each year during the annual canvass, which starts in August and ends in November. The new register is published on 1 December and remains in force until 30 November the following year.
When we are not running the annual canvass, there is a process called 'rolling registration' that allows us to publish an updated register on the first working day of each month.
We can't update the register over the canvass period, so if you apply after 10 August 2018 you won't appear on the register until 1 December 2018.
Provide any information
we have asked for by:
|To be added to the register on:|
|Thursday 22 November 2018||Friday 30 November 2018||Saturday 1 December 2018|
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 register on 1 December, and this can take several weeks.