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Register to vote



  1. The annual canvass to update the Register of Electors
  2. How to register
  3. Who can register
  4. Reasons to register
  5. Check if you're already registered to vote
  6. When your details will be included on the Register of Electors

The annual canvass to update the Register of Electors

The Council started the annual canvass to update the Register of Electors from 15 July. The Register of Electors will be in use from 1 December 2022 to 30 November 2023.

We delivered letters to all homes across South Tyneside, to help us identify all those entitled to vote. The letter lists all the people living at the property that we currently have on the Register of Electors.

Please check the printed details on the letter, and instructions on how to respond if required.

If you need to respond, you should do this immediately.

We encourage you to respond online, where you will be able to:

  • amend a name
  • add the names and nationality of any new occupants
  • remove the names of those who no longer live at the address
  • confirm there are no changes needed
  • request a postal vote application form
  • make changes to the open register

Responding to the letter does not automatically register new occupiers to vote. 

Any new occupiers, who are not listed on the letter will also need to apply to register to vote. See how to register.

If you have moved house recently, we encourage you to look out for the letters and check the details.

How to register to vote

If you do not have access to the internet, phone us on 0191 427 7000. We can complete your application over the phone.

Information about how we handle your personal data is available in the Council's Privacy Notice - Electoral Services.

Register online

  • Go to
  • 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.

Who can register to vote

You can register to vote in the UK if you are:

  • a 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

Reasons to register to vote

To be able to vote in elections, you must be registered.

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. Credit reference agencies use the Electoral Register to confirm where someone lives when they apply for credit to counteract fraud.

If you don't register to vote, you won't have a say at future elections and referendums. If you don't respond to requests for information from the Electoral Registration Office you could be at risk of getting fined £80.

Check if you're already registered to vote

To check if you are already registered, you can contact the Elections Office: 

The Elections Office
Town Hall and Civic Offices
Westoe Road
South Shields
Tyne and Wear
NE33 2RL

Phone: 0191 424 7230

When your details will 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.

Registration dates
Last day to apply to register to voteDate your details will be included on the Register of Electors
Monday 13 December 2021Tuesday 4 January 2022
Monday 10 January 2022Tuesday 1 February 2022
Monday 7 February 2022 Tuesday 1 March 2022
Thursday 10 March 2022Friday 1 April 2022
Friday 25 March 2022Tuesday 5 April 2022
Thursday 14 April 2022Wednesday 27 April 2022
Tuesday 10 May 2022Wednesday 1 June 2022
Thursday 9 June 2022

Friday 1 July 2022

Friday 8 July 2022

Monday 1 August 2022

Wednesday 10 August 2022Thursday 1 September 2022

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.

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.

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