You can only vote in elections if your name is on the Register of Electors and new legislation means you must bring voter ID.

Register to vote

The following is a British Sign Language (BSL) video translation on the necessary steps to register to vote.

The following people are allowed to vote:

  • if you are eighteen years or over
  • all British, Commonwealth, Irish and other European Union citizens
  • overseas electors
  • members of HM Forces and their spouses
  • crown servants employed outside the United Kingdom
  • European citizens are allowed to vote in European and Local Elections only
  • overseas electors are allowed to vote in Parliamentary and European Elections only.

The deadline to register to vote in the elections to be held on 4 May 2023 is midnight on Monday 17 April 2023.

The electoral register and the 'open register'

There are 2 versions of the electoral register - the full version and the 'open register'.

You can opt out of the open register. This is the version of the register that’s available to anyone who wants to buy a copy.

Request to opt out of the open register