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If you haven't registered to vote, or you have changed your address, you can register to vote online. Please have your National Insurance Number and your date of birth to hand when you register. The process only takes 5 minutes.

Any questions?

The Electoral Commission's Your Vote Matters website has further information about registering and voting.

Why should I register?

The information is required by law

  • If you are not on the register you cannot vote
  • Credit referencing agencies use the register when assessing credit worthiness.
  • People who are not on the register often experience difficulties opening bank accounts, getting credit, a loan or a mortgage
  • It gives you a say on important issues that affect you

When should I register?

  • Each year during July-November the Electoral Registration Officer carries out an annual canvass, sending a Household Enquiry form to all properties within the Borough. Please see the Annual Canvas page for more informationThe household enquiry form should be completed and sent back using one of the options detailed on the front of the form. You are not automatically registered even if you pay council tax
  • If you move at any time throughout the year you can register for your new address

Checking your entry on the voters roll?

  • A new version of the register is published on the 1st December each year following the annual canvass.
  • Anyone can inspect the full version of the register at Dudley Council Plus, 259 Castle Street, Dudley, DY1 1LQ. The centre is open on weekdays during the hours of 8:30am-5:00pm and on Saturdays 9:00am-12 noon
  • If your name is not on the register you can register online at www.gov.uk/registertovote or contact 01384 814740

Changed your name?

If your name has changed since publication of the register on 1st December you will need to re-register your details, please visit register to vote online you can either download a form or complete your application online, please have your National Insurance Number and your date of birth to hand when you register.

What about living abroad?

If you are a British Citizen and are living or working abroad, you may still be able to register to vote at Parliamentary Elections from your last address here. Your right to vote in this country’s elections can last up to 15 years.

Please visit register to vote online to complete your online registration or print off your application form. Please have your National Insurance Number and your date of birth to hand when you register. The process only takes 5 minutes.

What are the two versions of the register?

The electoral registration officer makes and keeps two versions of the voters list – a full version and an edited version.

The full register lists the name and address of everyone who is registered to vote. The council holds a copy. Anyone can look at it, but it is a criminal offence to supply or use copies for purposes other than those set down in law. More information is available at about my vote. The main use of the full register is to show who can vote in elections and referendums. Credit reference agencies can use it, but only to check your name and address if you are applying for credit and for other purposes specified in law. It can also be used for law enforcement.

The edited voters list is available for general sale and can be used for any purpose. The edited register can be bought by any person, company or organisation and can be used for commercial activities such as marketing. If you want to opt-out of having your details appear on the edited register, please tick the ‘Edited Register’ box. You must also ask each person named on the form if they want to opt-out of the edited register.

Registering to vote: easy read guide

A step-by-step, easy read guide to registering to vote, for people with a learning disability. This guide is an example of an application to register to vote.