Register to vote

How to register to vote

You are required by law to register yourself to vote. Each time you move home you should register to vote at your new address – paying council tax does not register you to vote. If you have become eligible to vote for the first time (if you have recently taken out British citizenship, for example) you should also register to vote.

Not only does being registered enable you to vote in elections, but it may also help your credit rating.

You can register to vote if you are:

  • Aged 16 or over (you can’t vote until you are 18)
  • A British, Irish, Commonwealth or EU citizen
  • A permanent resident in Haringey

A list of qualifying countries can be found on the Electoral Commission website (PDF, 28KB – external link).

Online registration

The easiest way to register to vote is online – click on the button below.

Register to vote online (external link)You can now register to vote online (external link)

You will need:

  • Your National Insurance Number
  • Date of Birth

If you are unable to supply these, we will contact you for more evidence.

Contact HMRC if you cannot find your National Insurance Number (external link).

After you have registered

Once you have registered to vote, you will only need to register again if you move address, or if you change your name or nationality.

You can also use this website to change how you vote – for example to vote by post or proxy – and to remove your name from the open register.

Information about the open register can be found on the GOV.UK website (external link).

If you would prefer to receive a paper registration form please contact us on 020 8489 1000 and we will post you a form.

Students can register to vote at their term-time and home address.

Students can vote in local elections in both their term-time and home address if these are in different local authorities.

Information on registering to vote anonymously can be found on the Your Vote Matters website (external link).

It is a criminal offence to vote more than once in a national election or referendum.

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Viewing the Electoral Register

The current register is available for public inspection at Wood Green library. If you would like to look at previous registers you can visit Bruce Castle museum – you will need to make an appointment first.

Only certain people and organisations can have copies of the full register, and they can only use it for specified purposes. These include electoral purposes, the prevention and detection of crime and checking your identity when applying for credit. The law says who can have a copy of the full register and what they can use it for.

The full list of such persons and purposes is given in the Representation of the People (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2002. It is a criminal offence for them to pass it on to anyone else or to use it for any other purpose.

The open register leaves out the names and addresses of people who have asked for them to be excluded from that version of the register. The open register can be bought by anyone who asks for a copy and they may use it for any purpose. Get in touch with us via the contact details below to find out more.

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How to get in touch with us

For further help or information, please contact us on:

Alternatively, you can write to the Electoral Registration team at:

The Electoral Registration Office, George Meehan House, Wood Green N22 8YX

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