Register to vote

If you want to vote in UK elections and referendums you need to register to vote. Your name and address will then appear on the electoral register.

Register to vote

You can register to vote if:

  • you're 18 years old (16 and 17 year olds can only register if they'll be 18 within the lifetime of the electoral register)
  • you live at your address for at least six months of the year
  • you're a British, Irish, European Union or Commonwealth citizen

You can also use this service to:

  • update your name, address or other details on the electoral register
  • change your voting preferences (for example to vote by post)
  • change whether you're on the open register

Registration takes about five minutes (you'll need your national insurance number).

If you're a student studying away from home, you can register in your home town as well as Plymouth. You can vote in both locations for local elections but only in one location for UK and European Parliamentary elections.

 

If you're a member of the armed forces (or a spouse or civil partner of a serving member) you can vote in the normal way or register for a service vote. All service votes are valid for five years.

Register to vote (armed forces)

 

If you're a Crown servant or a British Council employee (or the spouse or civil partner of a Crown servant or British Council employee) you need to register separately if you're likely to be posted abroad.

Register to vote (Crown servants and British Council employees)

 

If you're a British Citizen and you intend to move abroad to live or work, you may still be able to register to vote at Parliamentary Elections.

Your right to vote in the UK can last up to 15 years (after you were last registered in the UK). At the time of an election you can apply to vote by post or proxy.

 

Email ero@plymouth.gov.uk or call 01752 304866/304936 for more information.