Our annual electoral
Frequently Asked Questions
- I'm not interested in voting so why should I
You have to register to vote - it's the law. Whether
you vote or not is your decision. Not being on the electoral
register can affect your credit rating and make it difficult to
obtain approval for things like mortgages, loans,
credit cards or mobile phone contracts.
- My partner is Russian. Do I
need to add him/her to the form?
No, because they're not from a qualifying
country. You must be British, Irish, or from another
Commonwealth country, such as India or Canada for example. You can
also qualify to vote if you're from an EU country. The full list of
EU countries are listed on the back of the canvass form. If you
have dual nationality you can be included. Likewise if
they have taken British nationality – you will have a
naturalisation certificate to this effect.
- My child is at university.
Should I include them on the form?
Yes, if this is still their main home. But
they can also register to vote at university. You can be on the
electoral register more than once - but you can only vote once in
- Should I tick the opt-out box if I
want to avoid junk mail?
It can help. Companies often buy a copy of the
edited register for marketing purposes. Not being on the
edited register means that your name and address won't be shown.
You can choose not to be on the edited register if you return your
form by post or if you call us or register online. You can't
opt-out if you register by SMS.
You can also opt-out of junk mail by registering with the
Mail Preference Scheme.
- I am only renting the property do I
need to register?
Generally yes. This will also prevent you having
problems in the future with possible credit ratings.
- My partner is now living in a care
home. What do I do?
Cross their name off the form and return it to
us. We canvass care homes separately.
- I'm French and want to vote here in
the European Elections – what do I need to do?
Make sure you're registered. France is an EU
country and you're entitled to vote. Add your name to the canvass
form and state your nationality. You can call us for more
- My child is 18 on 2nd November
this year - do I include them on the form?
They should already be shown on the register as they
should have been included with the date of their 18th birthday
during last year’s canvass.
We need to add everyone who is eligible to vote - including
those who turn 18 over the next twelve months.
My son/daughter is 16/17 – should I include his/her name
on the form?
YES – all 17 year olds and 16 year olds who will be
17 by 1st December this year should be included on the new
register. They may vote as soon as they become 18.
Please do not disappoint them by missing their name off the
- I do not want to
be called for jury service – how do I avoid this?
If you're over 70, this column should be marked with
an 'x' to indicate that you're not entitled to be called for
If for any other reason, you think you
shouldn't be included for jury service, then you will have to
explain why if you ever get called.
- I am concerned that my ex-partner
may be able to find me if I register?
You still need to register but you could consider
registering under a different name; for example, your mother's
maiden name. You could also tick the 'opt-out' option so you don't
appear on the edited register.
In some circumstances, you can apply to register anonymously.
- We spend 6 months of the year in
Spain - do we need to register?
Yes - because the UK is still your main
home and you spend a considerable amount of time here. You
could also register as an overseas electors – but this means you
can only vote in parliamentary elections.
- The property is only lived in at
the weekends as it is a holiday home. Do we need to register or
return the form?
This is completely up to you. You can register
at your main home and/or this holiday home. You can be on the
electoral register more than once - but you can only vote
- I am in the armed forces. Do I need
You've got two options.
1. If you're stationed locally, at RAF Cosford for example, then
you can still register at your home.
2. If you're moving around or regularly stationed abroad then you
should look into applying for a postal
vote or proxy vote.
- We are moving to live abroad how do
I still vote?
Delete your names from the form and return it to us
and request an 'overseas electors' form. This will allow you
to vote in Parliamentary elections. We'll post you a new canvass
form each autumn.
British Citizens living overseas
can still vote in UK Parliamentary and European Parliamentary
Elections for 15 years after leaving the UK.
- I'm a crown servant
If you're working outside the UK as a Crown Servant
or as an employee of the British Council, you can still register to
vote. You can also register if you are married to a Crown
Servant or British Council employee and you are accompanying them
during their employment abroad.
An Application Form is available from the following link:-
aboutmyvote.co.uk - Application Form
- Can I
add my name(s) to the register on the internet/free-phone or by SMS
No. Our electronic registration methods
such as freephone, text and internet are only for
confirmations of existing electors - i.e there haven't been any
changes since you last filled the form in.
- Why should I send the form
back when you know I live here?
It's a legal requirement to return the
form. We're required to chase up
- I've had the wrong form
delivered to my house?
Just post it back to us and we'll send you out a new
- My postcode or other part
of the address is wrong?
Simply make the change on the form and send it back
to us. We will amend your address.
- I live on a narrow boat –
can I be registered?
Yes. We'll record you under your boat’s name at a
mooring in our area. You can give a correspondence address so
we can write to you, send poll cards etc.
- I own a camper van and
have no permanent address – can I still be registered?
Yes you can. You can still register to vote even if
you do not have a fixed address.
To register, you need to fill in
a form called a 'Declaration of Local Connection' by clicking on
Local Connection (73KB)
- The form has the names of
the previous residents of my house – should I forward them to
No. The form is meant for you and your
household. Simply cross out their names on the form and add
your name(s) on the blank lines, sign and date the form and post it
back to us. We will delete the previous residents.
- I don't want a postal vote
but there is already a tick in the box against my name?
If you no longer want a postal vote, simply cross
out the pre-printed tick, sign and return the form to us. We
will remove your postal vote and you will be able to vote in person
at your local polling station.
- I expect to move home in the next few weeks – what should I
Wait until you are sure where you will be on the
15th October. If you're still at your current address then
complete the form and send it back to us. If you've moved by
this date, then leave the form for the new occupants and remember
to complete the canvass form that is sent to your new
Go back to the elections
Electoral Services Manager
Phone: (01902) 696119, or
General queries Helpline: (01902) 696121