Register to vote
If you want to vote in UK elections and referendums you need to register to vote. Your name and address will then appear on the electoral register.
You can register to vote if:
- you're 18 years old (16 and 17 year olds can only register if they'll be 18 within the lifetime of the electoral register)
- you live at your address for at least six months of the year
- you're a British, Irish, European Union or Commonwealth citizen
You can also use this service to:
- update your name, address or other details on the electoral register
- change your voting preferences (for example to vote by post)
- change whether you're on the open register
Registration takes about five minutes (you'll need your national insurance number).
If you're a student studying away from home, you can register in your home town as well as Plymouth. You can vote in both locations for local elections but only in one location for UK and European Parliamentary elections.
If you're a member of the armed forces (or a spouse or civil partner of a serving member) you can vote in the normal way or register for a service vote. All service votes are valid for five years.
If you're a Crown servant or a British Council employee (or the spouse or civil partner of a Crown servant or British Council employee) you need to register separately if you're likely to be posted abroad.
If you're a British Citizen and you intend to move abroad to live or work, you may still be able to register to vote at Parliamentary Elections.
In order to vote you must apply for a postal or proxy vote. However, you should vote by proxy if the election is less than two weeks away and you haven’t made any arrangements yet, as you may not get your ballot paper in time to vote by post.
We cannot send your postal ballot paper by email. We have to send it by post for you to complete and return by post in the pre-paid envelope provided.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01752 304866/304936 for more information.