You must be on the electoral register to vote in all elections and referenda held in the United Kingdom, including local and parliamentary elections.
If you are not on the register you may find it harder to get a loan, mortgage, finance agreement, or even a mobile phone contract as the electoral register is used by credit reference agencies as part of their checks.
Please note: Once you initially apply to go onto the register your entry is from the date your application is accepted up to the 30 November of that year. Each year a Household Canvass occurs between 1 July and 30 November when a Household Enquiry Form (HEF) will be sent to your property. You must confirm the details on the HEF or amend as required to ensure that you remain on the register up to November of the following year.
1. If you are unsure if you are registered to vote
Please contact Electoral Services:
- Phone 01484 221650
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Register to vote
Don't forget to apply to register to vote when you move house. You need to apply to re-register when you move address.
How to register to vote
Fill in the form on the gov.uk website.
Clock Applying usually takes around 5 minutes.
Paperclip To complete the application you will need: your National Insurance number; your passport if you are a British citizen living abroadApply to register
After you've applied
You may be asked to provide extra evidence.
If you are eligible your name will be included on the electoral register.
Individual Electoral Registration (IER)
Individual Electoral Registration (IER) means that every individual is personally responsible for being on the electoral register.
- If you change your name please Contact Electoral Services to update the register.
- If you have a postal vote you need to renew and provide a new specimen signature.
If you are not on the electoral register, you could lose your right to vote.
Who can register
You can register to vote if you are:
- 16 or older (although you can't vote until you are 18)
- living at an address in the Kirklees area
- a British citizen; or an Irish, qualifying Commonwealth, or European Union Citizen living in the UK
Assistance for people with disabilities
RNIB (Royal National Institute for the Blind): Your rights: Voting and elections - Advice for people with sight loss.
If you have a learning disablity and/or autism, you may need reasonable adujustments to support you to vote in an election. You can download and complete a My Voting Passport and take it with you when you go to the polling station.