Register to vote

Electoral Services

Address and contact details

Electoral Services
Ilford Town Hall,
128-142 High Road,

How do I register?

Register online via the website

Apply for a postal vote


Who can register to vote?

You can register to vote if you are:

  • a British Citizen
  • a British Citizen living overseas (within 15 years)
  • a Commonwealth Citizen
  • a citizen of the Republic of Ireland or
  • a citizen of a Member State of the European Union - ( EU citizens cannot vote at UK Parliamentary elections)
  • you are or will reach the age of 18 during the life of the Register - a new Register is published each year.

Find out the qualifying nationalities

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 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 2019

Effective date on Register Last date for applications Deadline to change Open Register Status 
Monday 4 January 2021 Friday 11 December 2020 Monday 21 December 2020
Monday 1 February 2021 Friday 8 January 2021 Monday 18 January 2021
Monday 1 March 2021 Friday 8 February 2021 Monday 15 February 2021
Thursday 1 April 2021 Wednesday 10  March 2021 Thursday 18  March 2021
Tuesday 4 May 2021 Monday 12 April 2021 Tuesday 20 April 2021
Tuesday 1 June 2021  Monday 10 May 2021  Tuesday 18 May 2021
Thursday 1 July 2021 Wednesday 9 June 2021 Thursday 17 June 2021
Monday 2 August 2021 Friday 9 July 2021 Monday 19 July 2021
Wednesday 1 September 2021 Monday 10 August 2021 Tuesday 18 August 2021
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