Voter registration

Register to vote

To be able to vote, your name must be on the Register of Electors

Register to vote on the Gov.UK website

All new registration applications must be done individually.

You will be asked to give your:

  • Name
  • Address and previous address
  • Nationality
  • Date of birth
  • National insurance number

Your details will be checked against other records to verify your identity before the registration office can approve your application.

This way of registering will help address concerns about potential fraud.

If your name, date of birth and national insurance number are not verified after you have applied to be registered, the electoral registration office will contact you:

  • Either to clarify a part of your application
  • Or to ask you to provide evidence, such as a passport, to support their application

How do I know if I'm on the electoral register?

You can look at a copy of the register to check if you are on it. We have them at:

  • Number One Market Street, Nelson
  • Barnoldswick library
  • Colne library
  • Nelson library 

The Annual Electoral Registration form

Every year, all householders are sent an Annual Electoral Registration form which you have to complete. You can find out more information about the Annual Electoral Registration Form.

The electoral register and the open register

When you apply to become registered we will also ask you whether you want to have your details excluded from the open register.

You can contact us at at any time to ask us to remove your details from the open register. You will need to specify your name and address and that you want your details excluded from it.

Exclusion from the open register will not affect your voting rights or credit status.

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