Register to vote for upcoming elections
Register to vote
If you need to register to vote you can do it online. You will need to provide your National Insurance Number and Date of Birth.
How to check if you are already registered
The electoral register is not available online. To check if you are registered to vote, please contact the elections team.
Your details must be included on the electoral register in order for you to be able to vote in elections and referendums.
Under the Individual Electoral Registration (IER) system, which was introduced in June 2014, individuals are responsible for registering themselves to vote, unlike under the old system where the head of the household registered everyone. Simply being a council tax payer does not mean that you are registered to vote. The IER system requires you to provide your date of birth and national insurance number when you apply to register and ensures that an individual's identity is verified before they are added to the electoral register. Once you are registered, you do not need to register again unless you change your address.
The easiest and quickest way to register is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. Alternatively, please contact us and we can send you a paper form to complete and return.
Please note - some individuals will receive emails from us requesting further information in order to complete their registration. Please do not ignore these emails. If you are concerned about whether an email is genuine or not, please contact us.
Who can register to vote?
To be eligible to register to vote in the Dorset Council area, you must be:
over 18, or you will reach the age of 18 during the period in which the register is in force - from 1 December to 30 November the following year
a British, Irish, Commonwealth or European Union Citizen
- living at an address in the Dorset Council area
View further information on registration for the following:
- Crown Servants and British Council employees
- Homeless / no fixed abode voters
- Overseas voters
- Service and Armed Forces voters
- Student voters
Registering to vote anonymously
If you are concerned that having your name or address on the register may affect your safety, or the safety of someone in the same household as you, you may be able to register anonymously, meaning that your name and address will not appear on the register. Applicants for anonymous registration need to supply documentary evidence of a court order or attestation from certain qualified persons to support their application.
View more information about registering to vote anonymously and download an application form or, alternatively, please contact us for further information and for an application form. Forms should be returned to the elections team in an envelope marked "Confidential".
Types of election, polls and referenda and who can vote
Find out more information on the different types of election, polls and referenda and who is eligible to vote in them.
Household Enquiry Form
Your Household Enquiry Form for the electoral register will be coming through your letterbox soon. Dont delay - it will help us keep costs down if you respond quickly. If you have your security codes you can respond online now.