It is now too late to register to vote at the General Election on Thursday 12 December 2019.

The easiest way for you to register to vote is on the Gov.uk website.

Register to vote

You will need to provide your details to register, including your national insurance number and date of birth.

If you have someone registered at your address but they no longer live there, you need to contact us so we can update the register.

Each person is responsible for their own registration.

What is IER and how to register video

British Sign Language version of the Electoral Commissions 'What is Individual Electoral Registration and how to register' video, can be watched directly through our You tube channel.  

Easy Read Guide to the General Election

Mencap have produced an easy read document on a Icon for pdf Guide to voting in the General Election [3.59MB], which can be downloaded here.

How do I register?

Registering to vote means you can vote and have your say in local and national elections. You can register online at Gov.uk.

Before you start make sure you have:

  • National insurance number (you can find this on payslips, letters about benefits and tax returns)
  • Date of birth 

Please provide a contact number or email address on your application. This information is not published, it is only used if we need to contact you about your application.

If you don't have access to the internet please contact us on 01772 906908 and we can help you to register.

You can register to vote if you're 16 or 17 (although you can't vote until you are 18).

When will my name go onto the register

The Electoral Register will updated on the following statutory dates:-

Application to be completed and verified by:Your name will be added to the register on:
11 December 20182 January 2019
10 January 20191 February 2019
7 February 20191 March 2019
8 March 20191 April 2019
9 April 20191 May 2019
10 May 20193 June 2019
7 June 20191 July 2019
10 July 20191 August 2019
9 August 20192 September 2019

Completing your registration application online does not confirm that you are on the register.

You will receive a letter from us letting you know when you are registered, or we will be in touch if we need any further information.

Moved house?

You will need to register at your new address which you can apply online

If you don't have access to the internet please contact us on 01772 906908 for assistance.

Open Register

There are two versions of the register - the electoral register and the open register.

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

Open Register - The open register is an extract of the electoral register, but it is not used for elections.  It can be bought by any person, company or organisation.  Businesses and charities can buy the open register and use it to send information to you.

You can request to remove your details from the open register by emailing electoralservices@preston.gov.uk or you can call us on 01772 906908.

Students

If you are a student you can register at both your home and term-time addresses. If your home and term-time address are in different authorities, you can vote in local elections in both. However, if you are registered in two authorities, you can only vote in one for a general election.

Armed Forces

If you are a member of the Armed Forces and you wish to register, please visit GOV.UK's dedicated Armed Forces section of the website which explains the different types of registration available to you.

Overseas Electors

If you are a British Citizen currently living overseas, you can register to vote.

Please visit GOV.UK's voting when you're abroad website which contains the relevant forms, criteria for registering and further information about registering as an overseas elector. 

Anonymous Registration

If you are concerned for your safety and for the safety of others in the household, you can register anonymously.

Please visit the Register Anonymously section on the Electoral Commission's website which contains the relevant forms and criteria for registering as an anonymous elector.

Residents of Guild Lodge, Whittingham Lane

If you are resident at Guild Lodge, Whittingham Lane, Whittingham and you wish to register to vote, please email us at electoralservices@preston.gov.uk or call us on 01772 906908 and we will send an application to register out to you.

Related Video

video from the Electoral Commission about the Individual Electoral Registration system and how to register.