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.
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 should re-register at your new address.
Change of name
If you have changed your name since registering to vote, please contact us on
Local and parish elections, 2 May 2019
You did not need to re-register for these elections. If you're included in the 2019 Register of Electors then you'll be eligible to vote in the local and parish elections, unless you're registered as an overseas voter.
You can no longer register to vote in the 2 May elections. The national deadline to register was 12 April.
European Parliament elections, 23 May 2019
If the UK takes part in the European Parliament elections on 23 May, you need to register by 7 May to vote.
You do not need to register again if you’ve already registered. If you're included in the 2019 Register of Electors then you'll be eligible to vote in the European Parliament elections.
When you register you will need to have your National Insurance number to hand.
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 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.