How to Register on an Electoral Roll Online

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How to Register on an Electoral Roll Online
To vote in Great Britain you need to register on the electoral roll. (the houses of parliament image by Aleksey Trefilov from Fotolia.com)

The electoral roll in Great Britain (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) contains the names and addresses of most British citizens over the age of 18, although you can register, but not vote, once you attain age 16. You must be a British citizen, citizen of another Commonwealth country, citizen of the Republic of Ireland or other European member state to register. Registering does not automatically entitle you to vote: there are other qualifying criterion such as age (18+), residency and nationality.

Registering on the electoral roll entitles you to vote at British Parliamentary and local elections. The electoral roll is used by lenders to confirm who you say you are and reside at the address you have supplied on a credit application form. If you are not registered on the electoral roll it can make it difficult to get credit.

If you are registering for the first time, or you have moved home, you can start the application process online but, to complete it, you need to mail a registration form. Subsequent annual confirmation of your electoral list details can be done online.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Start your electoral roll registration process online if you live in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland. If you reside outside Great Britain check the eligibility and registration requirements on the Electoral Commission website.

  2. 2

    Type your postcode, street address or local authority name in the box then, if you reside in England, click "Go" to find your local authority with which to register on the electoral roll. For Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, click the link at the bottom of the webpage. You will be redirected to a list of local authority links.

  3. 3

    Click the link "Apply to register on the electoral roll" if applying to register on the electoral roll in England. You will be redirected to your local authority webpage. If you live in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, select your local authority from the list and click the link.

  4. 4

    Check the registration requirements listed on the local authority webpage. Each local authority has slightly different methods for completing the electoral roll registration process. Most authorities in England provide registration forms that can be downloaded. If they do, click on the "Download" button, then print the form. If the form is not downloadable call the number listed on the webpage, tell the adviser you want to register on the electoral roll and a form will be mailed to you.

  5. 5

    Complete the form carefully. Review it for accuracy, then mail it to the address printed on the registration form. You will be registered on the electoral roll once your local authority receives the form.

Tips and warnings

  • Once a year an electoral roll registration form is mailed to the "Occupier" at every address in Great Britain. You can use this form to register on the electoral roll. If you are already registered you can confirm your details online by typing the web address on the form into your browser.

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