Register to vote

You must apply for a postal vote if you want to vote by post, for example if:

  • you’re away from home
  • you’re abroad and want to vote in England, Scotland or Wales

You do not need to give a reason unless you’re voting in Northern Ireland.

Apply for a postal vote

You can apply for a postal vote for one of the following:

  • a single election on a specific date
  • a specific period if you want to vote in England, Scotland or Wales



There are different forms, depending on why you can’t get to the polling station. Make sure you complete the right one.

You may be able to apply for an emergency proxy vote if the deadline to apply for a proxy vote has passed.

For emergency proxy  and other proxy voting application forms visit the GOV.UK website.


Who can register

You must be aged 16 or over. 

You must also be one of the following:

  • a British citizen
  • an Irish or EU citizen living in the UK
  • a Commonwealth citizen who has permission to enter or stay in the UK, or who does not need permission
  • a citizen of another country living in Scotland or Wales who has permission to enter or stay in the UK, or who does not need permission

Check which elections you’re eligible to vote in.

You can vote when you’re 18 or over. 

You normally only need to register once - not for every election. You’ll need to register again if you’ve changed your name, address or nationality.


What happens if you don't register?

If you meet the requirements for registering to vote (for example, you’re 16 or over and you’re British, Irish or a national of a European Union or Commonwealth country) and you’re invited to register, you have to do so.

If you’re invited to register and don’t do so, your local Electoral Registration Officer could impose a penalty fine of £80.

You won’t be fined if you have a valid reason for not registering, for example a long stay in hospital, not eligible due to nationality or you have severe learning difficulties.


Can you register in more than one place?

It is sometimes possible to register at two addresses (though you can only vote once in a government election). For example, if you’re a student with different home and term-time addresses, you may be able to register at both.

If you want to register at two addresses, visit the GOV.UK website and make two separate applications. We will look at each application and confirm whether you’re allowed to register. 


New voter registration system

A new voter registration system came into effect on 10 June 2014 across the whole country called Individual Electoral Registration (IER).

Under the new system, everyone is responsible for registering themselves. You will need your national insurance number, date of birth and address to register. You can now register online via the website. If there are any queries relating to your application we will send you a letter requesting further information or evidence to support your application. If there are no queries a confirmation letter will be sent out to say you're registered.


Rolling registration

If your details have changed for example name, nationality or contact details please contact us via email or telephone 020 8708 7171 so we can update this for you.

If you have you moved address within or out of our borough you can visit the website and complete the application form which will remove you from your previous address or contact your appropriate new council.


Monthly revision to the published Register of Electors 2024

Last date for application Effective date on Register
Monday 11 December 2023 Tuesday 2 January 2024
Wednesday 10 January 2024 Thursday 1 February 2024
Thursday 8 February 2024 Friday 1 March 2024
Monday 11 March 2024 Tuesday 2 April 2024
Tuesday 9 April 2024 Wednesday 1 May 2024
Friday 10 May 2024 Monday 3 June 2024
Friday 7 June 2024 Monday 1 July 2024
Wednesday 10 July 2024 Thursday 1 August 2024
Friday 9 August 2024 Monday 2 September 2024
Monday 9 September 2024 Tuesday 1 October 2024
Thursday 10 October 2024 Friday 1 November 2024
Annual Canvass Annual Canvass 
Annual Canvass Annual Canvass


Electoral Services

If your question hasn't been answered above please look at our frequently asked questions.  

If you wish to unsubscribe from the electoral roll, complete the remove email from electoral roll form 

Address and contact details

Electoral Services
Ilford Town Hall
128-142 High Road