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Register to vote

If you live at a property, you can register to vote.  You should update your registration if you move house, change your name or need to update your contact details.  We update the register at the beginning of each month and also carry out a check of all properties between July and December each year. 

Who can register to vote

You can register to vote if you are:

  • 16 or older (although you can't vote until you're 18)
  • living at an address in Cotswold District
  • a British citizen
  • an Irish, qualifying Commonwealth, or European Union citizen living in the UK

If you are a student living away from home, you can register at both your home and university term time address. Registering to vote at your term time address means you can choose where you vote.

You can still register to vote if you have no fixed address. You will need a 'declaration of local connection' to show that you are connected to and spend time at a particular place. Please contact Electoral Services for more information.

Register to vote

It takes less than five minutes and saves us money on printing and postage.

To register you will need your:

  • date of birth
  • National Insurance number

Your National Insurance Number is on your National Insurance card or letter, or on official paper work such as payslips or letters about tax or benefits. If you cannot find your National Insurance number, visit find a lost National Insurance number website

If you haven't been given a National Insurance number, or can't supply it when applying to register, you will need to provide a reason.  We may ask for other evidence of your identity such as a passport or driving licence.

If you are unable to fill in the application online, please contact us on 01285 623002 for a paper form.

Once we have checked your details, you will receive a letter from us either confirming that you are registered, or asking you for more information.

The electoral register is updated at the beginning of each month, excluding October and November.  Once a year, we carry out a check of all households to confirm the information we hold about your address. This usually takes place between July and December.

Once you are included on the register, you remain on it until you re-register at a different address.

Electoral register

There are two versions of the electoral register.

The full version includes the name and address of everyone who is registered to vote, except those who register to vote anonymously.

The open register, is an extract of the full electoral register. This version is available to anyone who wants to buy it, such as businesses or charities.

The full electoral register

The elections team at your local council use the register for electoral purposes, such as issuing poll cards.

It is also used for:

  • detecting crime
  • calling people for jury service
  • checking credit applications 

Candidates, registered political parties and other registered campaigners are also allowed to have copies of the full electoral register. They can use the register for campaigning activities, including sending election communication to voters.

The Open register

The open register is an extract of the electoral register, but it is not used for elections. It can be purchased by any person, company organisation. For example, it is used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details.

Your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed. Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote. If you would like to remove your name from the open version of the Electoral Register, please contact us with your name address. 

How we handle your information

We use information about citizens, electors and voters so we can carry out specific functions and statutory services. Your records are used to make sure we provide you with the service that you need. We will (based on your nationality) include your name on the Electoral Register so that you are able to vote by your chosen method.