How to apply to register to vote
- Go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
- Fill in your name, address, date of birth and a few other details. You'll also need your national insurance number, which can be found on your national insurance card, or in official paperwork such as payslips, or letters about benefits or tax credits.
- Look out for a confirmation to say you're registered.
If you do not have access to the internet, you can phone us on 0191 427 7000 and we can complete your application over the phone.
Information about how we handle your personal data is available on the council's Privacy Notice - Electoral Services.
Ways to vote
You can vote at a polling station, or you can apply for a postal vote. Find out more about How to vote.
When will my details be included on the register of electors?
The following table gives the dates when you will be included on the register of electors depending when we receive your application.
|Last day to apply to register to vote||Date your details will be included on the Register of Electors|
|Friday 11 December 2020||Monday 4 January 2021|
|Friday 8 January 2021||Monday 1 February 2021|
|Friday 5 February 2021||Monday 1 March 2021|
|Wednesday 10 March 2021||Thursday 1 April 2021|
|Friday 26 March 2021||Thursday 8 April 2021|
|Monday 19 April 2021||Wednesday 28 April 2021|
|Monday 10 May 2021||Tuesday 1 June 2021|
|Wednesday 9 June 2021|
Thursday 1 July 2021
|Friday 9 July 2021|
Monday 2 August 2021
|Tuesday 10 August 2021||Wednesday 1 September 2021|
There are no updates to the register of electors during the months of October and November as the council has to carry out an annual canvass to update the register. The revised register of electors is published on 1 December each year.
Who is eligible to register to vote?
You can register to vote in the UK if you are:
- resident (usually live) in the UK, and aged 16 or over (but you will not be able to vote until you are 18)
You must also be either:
- a British, Irish or European Union citizen, or
- a Commonwealth citizen who has leave to remain in the UK or who does not require leave to remain in the UK
Why should I register?
You need to register to be able to vote. If you aren't registered to vote, you won't have the chance to have a say on who represents you.
Some people also register to vote because they want to apply for credit. This is because credit reference agencies use the register to confirm where someone lives when they apply for credit to counteract fraud.
What if I don't register?
Not only will you not have a say at future elections and referendums, but if you don't respond to requests for information from the electoral registration office you could be at risk of getting fined £80.
It's important you register to vote now. If your name is missing from the electoral register you don't get a say in how things are run.
The Electoral Registers
Using information received from the public, registration officers keep two registers - the electoral register and the open register (also known as the edited register).
For more information see Electoral registers