Registering to vote is quick and simple. It means you have the right to vote at elections and it could also improve your credit rating.
Make sure you are always registered
If you are entitled to vote, you must make sure that your name appears on the Register of Electors (Electoral Roll). 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 16 or over and a British, Irish, Commonwealth or European Union citizen.
You can register only for the address where you are living. To ensure they can vote as soon as they reach 18, 16 or 17 year olds should also be registered. Qualifying Commonwealth citizens are those who have leave to enter or remain in the UK.
If you are unsure whether you or anyone in your household qualify to be included on the register, please visit the About my vote website.
If you are a student
You can register to vote at both your term-time address and your home address, if you wish. You'll need to make two separate applications.
Remember, it's a criminal offence to vote more than once in the same election. This means that you may vote in local elections from both addresses if they are for different local councils (as they are separate elections). You may only vote from one address for national elections (eg UK parliamentary election).
Adding your name to the Register of Electors
You can add your name to the register by filling in the online register to vote form on the GOV.UK website.
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. Any person, company or organisation can buy it. 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. This does not affect your right to vote.
How do I tell you that I want to be included or not included on the open register?
Please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or write to us at:
Norwich City Council
St Peters Street
You will need to give us your name and address and tell us whether you want to be included or excluded from the open register.
You can find information about both registers on the GOV.UK website.
Inspecting the register
You can inspect the full Register of Electors, under supervision only, at Norwich City Hall.
Please contact the elections office in advance to arrange an appointment by emailing email@example.com or calling 01603 212490.
If you need more comprehensive guidance about registering to vote, visit The Electoral Commission website.