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 to update your details on the register.

Register now

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

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.

We'll email you first, then post a paper form if you do not respond

We start the process on 27 June by emailing those electors for whom we have email addresses, asking them to confirm or change the current information we hold for their household. If you receive an email from this is a valid email. Please follow the instructions set out in the email.

Communicating with us by email saves money and the environment by reducing the number of paper forms we need to print and post later in the process.

If you do not respond to the email by 14 July, we'll post a paper Household Enquiry Form later in July.

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

Unsubscribe from these emails

You have the right to object to the use of your email address for electoral registration. If you no longer want to be contacted by email, contact the Electoral Registration Officer (the Data Controller) by emailing