Registering to vote

Contact us

Electoral Services
Room 28,
Hammersmith Town Hall,
King Street,
London
W6 9JU

Phone: 020 8753 4466
Fax: 020 8753 2007/2229
email: electoral.services

Registering to vote

To be included on the Register of Electors you need to fill in a voter registration form (pdf, 196KB - one person per form) - paying your Council Tax, or being signed up for other council services, doesn’t automatically mean that your name is included.


Make sure you are always registered

If you are entitled to vote, you must ensure that your name appears on the Register of Electors.  You should also let us know if you move house or leave the borough.  Being registered ensures that your right to vote is protected if an election is called at short notice.  What’s more, your ability to obtain credit could be restricted if you are not on the register.


Am I registered to vote?

Find out if you are registered to vote in Hammersmith and Fulham (opens new window)


Who has to register to vote?

You must register to vote if you are a UK resident, aged 18 years or over and either a British, Irish, Commonwealth or European Union citizen.

You can register only for the address where you are living. 16 or 17 year olds should also be registered to ensure that they can vote as soon as they reach 18.  Qualifying commonwealth citizens are those who have leave to enter or remain in the UK.

If you are unsure as to whether you, or anyone in your household, qualify to be included on the register please refer to the more detailed information included on the voter registration form or visit www.aboutmyvote.co.uk (opens in new window).


Adding your name to the Register of Electors

You can add your name to the register by filling in a voter registration form (pdf, 200KB - one person per form).
Once you have completed your form, please return it to us at:
Electoral Services, Room 28, Hammersmith Town Hall, King Street, Hammersmith, W6 9JU
Alternatively, you can fax your form to us on either 020 8753 2007 or 020 8753 2229.

If you have access to email you can also send a scanned image of your completed form to us at electoral.servicesadmin@lbhf.gov.uk

Please make sure that you sign your form before returning it.

When we receive your form we will add you to our list of new applications.  Any elector can then object to your name being added to the register.  If this happens we will write to you and let you know.  If your application is not objected to, we will change your details within three to seven weeks of receipt of your form (see table below). We will also send a confirmation letter by post to your address.

If we get your form by:

Your details will be changed on:

Friday 7 February 2014

Monday 17 February 2014

Monday 10 March 2014

Tuesday 1 April 2014

Friday 11 April 2014

Thursday 24 April 2014

Tuesday 6 May 2014

Thursday 15 May 2014

Friday 9 May 2014

Monday 2 June 2014

Monday 9 June 2014

Tuesday 1 July 2014

Thursday 10 July 2014

Friday 1 August 2014

Friday 8 August 2014

Monday 1 September 2014

There is no monthly update during December and January when the annual registration of all households takes place. The full register is published by 17 February 2014


The two versions of the Register and your right to opt out

The electoral registration officer makes and keeps two versions of the Register of Electors - a full version and an edited version.  You can choose not be on the edited voters list.

The full register

The full version lists the names and address of everyone who is registered to vote. The council holds a copy. Anyone can look at it, but it is a criminal offence to supply or use copies for purposes other than those set down in law.

The main use of the full register is to show who can vote in elections and referendums. Credit reference agencies can use it, but only to check your name and address if you are applying for credit and for other purposes specified in law. It can also be used for law enforcement.

Members of the public are entitled to inspect the full register of electors (pdf, 110KB) under supervision at Hammersmith town hall. More informaftion is available at www.aboutmyvote.co.uk

The edited register

The edited register is available for general sale and can be used for any purpose. The edited register can be brought buy any person, company or organisation and be used for commercial activities such as marketing.

If you do not want your details sold from the edited register you must tell us.  You can do this by ticking the "opt-out" box on the voter registration form.

For more information about the organisations and individuals who purchase both versions of the register please visit the Who has my details? page.


Inspecting the register

Members of the public are entitled to inspect the full Register of Electors, under supervision only, at Hammersmith town hall. For more information about the rules regarding inspection of the full register please refer to the attached document, Public Inspection of the Full Register of Electors(pdf, 110KB).


The Annual Voter Registration Canvass

As part of  our statutory requirement to maintain an accurate register, electoral services conduct  a canvass every year. Between October and January we write to you at your home address asking you to confirm the details of every person in your household who should be included on the register.

By law you are required to respond, even if you have only recently been added to the register or have nobody at the address who qualifies to vote.  If your details are pre-printed correctly on the form and no amendments to the register are required, during the canvass you can confirm your details to us online, by text or freephone, as well as by post and fax.  To avoid a reminder, or a canvasser calling on you at home, we always advise an early response. In extreme cases failure to respond could result in a fine or even losing your right to vote.


Further information

If you need more comprehensive guidance about registering to vote you can visit The Electoral Commission’s website, About My Vote (opens in new window), where further information is available.