In order to be able to vote you must be on the electoral register.

If you are not already registered, the deadline to register to vote at the local elections on Thursday 2 May 2019 is Friday 12 April 2019.

How can I register?

Who can register to vote?

When can I register?

How do I change my name on the electoral register?

Who has my personal details?

What is the difference between the electoral register and the open register?

How do I remove my details from the open register?

How do I include my details on the open register?

Can I view the electoral register? 

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How can I register?

You can register to vote on www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. Alternatively you can call the Electoral Registration Office on 01225 477333. Please ensure you have your National Insurance Number available as it is required for your registration.

Who can register to vote?

You can register to vote if you are a British citizen, a Commonwealth citizen or a European Union citizen resident in the UK.

To qualify, Commonwealth citizens must either have leave to remain in the UK or not require such leave. The definition of  "Commonwealth citizen" includes citizens of British Crown Dependencies and British Overseas Territories.

Citizens of other EU member states can vote at local government elections. They cannot vote in UK Parliamentary elections and must complete a separate form to vote in European Parliamentary elections. Please note that citizens of the Republic of Ireland, Cyprus and Malta can vote at local government elections, as well as at UK Parliamentary elections and European Parliamentary elections.

You can register if you are 16 years old or over. However, you cannot vote until you are 18. 

When can I register?

You can register at any time throughout the year as the electoral register is updated almost every month. Between August and October every year Household Enquiry Forms are sent to every house in Bath and North East Somerset; this process is known as the annual voter registration canvass. A revised register of electors is published at the end of the annual canvass. The current register was published on 1 December 2018.

After the publication date, the register is updated on a monthly basis. You can register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote, or you can call the Electoral Registration Office on 01225 477333. 

When there is an election the deadline to register to vote is 12 working days before the day of the election. The deadline to register to vote at the local elections on Thursday 2 May 2019 is Friday 12 April 2019.

How can I change my name on the electoral register?

You can register to vote with your new name on www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. Alternatively you can call the Electoral Registration Office to request a change of name form.

Who has my personal details?

Registers are managed by the Electoral Registration Officer. Using information received from the public, the Electoral Registration Officer keeps 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. It can be bought by any person, company or organisation. 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. Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote.

You can ask for them to be removed by sending an email to optout@bathnes.gov.uk or by contacting our helpline.

If you are not currently listed on the open register but you wish to be included, please contact our helpline. 

Can I view the registers?

A copy of the electoral register, which lists the names and address of everyone entitled to vote, is available for public inspection under supervision in the Bath Record Office, at the Guildhall in Bath. Please check the Bath Record Office opening times before arranging your visit.

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