You can register to vote if you are aged 16 or over, although you cannot vote until you are 18, and:
- a British citizen
- a citizen of the Republic of Ireland or other European Union member states
- a citizen of a British Overseas Territory or a Commonwealth country
How do I register to vote?
- Go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
- Fill in your name, address, date of birth and a few other details. You'll also need your national insurance number, which can be found on your national insurance card, or in official paperwork such as payslips, or letters about benefits or tax credits.
Or contact Electoral Services on 01255 686566 to obtain a registration form.
Updates to the Register
The register is updated every month to allow new electors to register or for electors to be removed. However, there will be no monthly updates to the register in October and November during the annual canvass period when all households have to register. A new register is published on 1 December each year.
The two versions of the Register
Using information received from the public, registration officers keep two registers - the electoral register and the open register (also known as the edited register). When you apply to register to vote, you will be able to choose whether you want your details included in the open register.
The electoral register
The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in public elections. The register is used for electoral purposes, such as making sure only eligible people can vote. It is also used for other limited purposes specified in law, such as detecting crime (eg fraud), calling people for jury service and checking credit applications. The electoral register is available for inspection at the Town Hall, Station Road, Clacton on Sea, Essex, during office opening hours.
The open register
The open register is an extract of the electoral register, but is not used for elections. It can be bought by any person, company or organisation. For example, it is used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details. Your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed. Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote.
You can find more information about both registers and how they may be used at www.gov.uk/yourvotematters.
Clacton on Sea
Telephone: 01255 686566