Registering to vote

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

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

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Registering to vote


Register to vote


The way that people register to vote is changing. Registering is quick and simple. It will mean you have the right to vote at elections and being registered could also improve your credit rating. To register click the yellow button below:

Register to vote


How is voter registration changing?

At the moment voter registration is done by household. One person in a household fills in a form and enters the details of everyone who lives there. The people who are eligible are then registered to vote. Now everyone will need to register themselves individually.

Most people who are currently registered to vote will be registered automatically under the new system. This will happen because local elections offices are comparing their electoral registers to existing records to confirm who people are. This will be done carefully through a secure system that has been tested thoroughly.

For all sorts of reasons, some people will not match against these records and therefore cannot be transferred automatically to the new register. For example, they may have moved home since the record was last updated, or there may be a difference in the spelling of the two records. 

To find out more about the changes go to www.gov.uk/yourvotematters (opens in new window).


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.


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 available at 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 clicking the yellow button below and completeing the online registration form:

Register to vote


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

There are two registers. Why?

Using information received from the public, registration officers keep two registers – the electoral register and the open register (also known as the edited register).

The electoral register

The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in public elections. The register is used for electoral purposes, such as making sure only eligible people can vote. It is also used for other limited purposes specified in law, such as detecting crime (e.g. fraud), calling people for jury service and checking credit applications.

The open register

The open register is an extract of the electoral register, but is not used for elections. It can be bought by any person, company or organisation. For example, it is used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details.Your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed. Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote.

You can find more information about both registers and how they may be used at www.gov.uk/electoral-register (opens in new window).

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).


Further information

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