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. However, as the Annual Canvass has been pushed back, monthly updates will continue until November, and will resume again in March 2014.
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.
Due to forthcoming changes in legislation, the annual canvass in 2013 has been pushed back, and as a result, the revised register will be published on 17 February 2014. The canvass will run from October to February, with the Personal Canvass taking place in early January.