Register to Vote
You must be on the electoral register to vote in elections...
In order to be added to the Register of Electors, you must make an application to the Elections Office. You are not automatically registered to vote, even if you pay council tax, or have registered to use other council services. There are 2 ways to register to vote and this depends on the time of year you are registering:
1. Complete a 'Voter Registration Form' (all year round).
Each month between January and September, the register is updated. You can apply to be added to one of these monthly updates by completing a Voter Registration Form.
Monthly updates are suspended during the annual canvass, usually between October, November and December. This year however it is unknown when the annual canvass will take place, although it is likely that it will not happen until early 2014. Therefore monthly updates are likely to continue all year. More details will be made available once the government has made a decision on the timing of the next annual canvass.
You can fill in a Voter Registration form at any time of year, but there is still a requirement to complete the Household Registration Form as part of the annual canvass.
See below for more information.
1. Register to vote during the Annual Canvass;
During the annual canvass we send out forms to every household in the city. The personal canvass, where a team of canvassers call at any non-responding addresses takes place after this, in order to gather as much information as possible for the publication of the fully revised register.
This usually happens on 1 December, although in 2012, it was published on 16 October, due to the early canvass brought about by the Police and Crime Commissioner Elections.
It is not known yet when the next annual canvass will take place, but it is likely to be in early 2014.