Register to vote
Support in British Sign Language (BSL)
The Electoral Commission (EC) have published a video in BSL about registering to vote
Watch the EC registering to vote in BSL video.
Find out if you’re already registered to vote
If you pay Council Tax or have a library card, this does not mean you’re automatically registered to vote.
Why register to vote
Registering to vote means you have a right to vote in local, national and European elections, and referendums.
Who can register to vote
You can register to vote if you are:
- 16 or older (although you cannot 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 an eligible Commonwealth citizen.
You're responsible for registering yourself.
A revised register is published on 1 December each year and is updated every month between January and September.
If you are not already registered, or have moved to an address in Medway since the Register was published, you must re-register at your new address.
When you register you will need to have your National Insurance number to hand.
Change of name
If you have changed your name since registering to vote, please contact us on
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.