Register to vote

Registering to vote means you have a right to vote in local, national and European elections, and referendums.

You can register to vote if you are:

  • 16 or older (although you can’t vote until you are 18 years old)
  • a British citizen
  • an Irish, eligible Commonwealth, or European Union citizen living in the UK.

To vote at a UK Parliamentary General Election, you must be a British, Irish or eligible Commonwealth citizen.

You're responsible for registering yourself.

The 2019 Register was published on 1 December 2018 and is updated every month between January and September. If you're not already registered, or have moved to an address in Medway since the Register was published, you must re-register at your new address.

Change of name

If you have changed your name since registering to vote, please contact us on to update your details on the register.

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When you register you will need to have your National Insurance number to hand.

Register to vote on GOV.UK

What address you should register

When registering to vote you must give your home address.

If you have moved to a residential home, this should be the address you use.

If you live an equal amount of time in two properties, for example if you're a student, you can register at both your home address and student accommodation address, but you must not vote more than once in the same election.

You can still register to vote if you do not have an address, for example if you're homeless.

Find out about voting without a fixed address on GOV.UK

Deadline for registering to vote in the General Election

Register by midnight on 26 November to vote in the General Election on 12 December.

Find out if you’re already registered

If you pay council tax or have a library card, this doesn’t mean you’re automatically registered to vote.

Find out if you are already registered to vote

Annual canvass to update Register of Electors

We’re required to publish a new register each year. To make sure it's accurate we need to contact each household in Medway.

Household enquiry forms are sent to all households in Medway from 26 July, unless you responded to the email sent at the beginning of July.

Each household is required by law to respond to the annual canvass. Do not rely on the fact that the council has your details for Council Tax, Housing Benefit or other services.

Household enquiry response

It's quick, convenient and secure to respond to the Household Enquiry Form online, or by using the automated phone or SMS service, rather than sending the paper form back.

The form shows the unique security codes you must give.

Respond to the household enquiry online

If someone in the household has recently moved into the property, or reached the age of 17, give their details using the process above, so we have a record of them. They’ll also need to register to vote.

If you delay responding we'll send a reminder. If you do not respond to the reminder, a personal canvasser will attempt to make contact with someone in the household to confirm the details of those who live at the property.

If you have any queries phone the Electoral Services team on 01634 332 030.