There are a number of options available to register to vote.  Please use the below information as guidance to the type of registration most appropriate to your personal circumstance;

Not sure if you are eligible to register to vote in the UK?

To find out more about who can register to vote visit: Your Vote Matters - Who can register to vote?.

 

Vote registration options

Voter Type

Additional Information     How to register        

Ordinary Voter

 

You qualify to register to vote if you are:
  • 17 years old (and in some cases if you are 16). However, you can only vote when you become 18.
  • a UK citizen
  • a qualifying Commonwealth citizen resident in the UK
     
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Overseas Voter

If you are a British citizen living abroad, you can apply to be an overseas voter if you have been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years.

If you are a UK citizen and were too young to register to vote when you left the UK you can still register as an overseas voter. You can do this if your parent or guardian was registered to vote in the UK, as long as you left the UK no more than 15 years ago.

Voting options:

Important Notice: As an overseas voter you are only eligible to vote in UK Parliamentary Elections, Referendums and European Parliamentary Elections.

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Armed Forces Voter

If you are in the armed forces and based overseas, or expect to be posted abroad in the next year, you can register as a service voter.

Important Notice: Service voter registration lasts for five years.  You can cancel your service voter registration at any time.

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Student Voter

If you are a student, you may be able to register to vote at both your home and term-time local authority areas.

Important Notice: Even if registered in two areas, you can only vote in one at a general election. 

It is a criminal offence to vote twice in a UK general election.

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Voter with no fixed address

You can still register to vote even if you do not have a fixed permanent residential address by completing a 'no fixed address' form.

Visit Your Vote Matters - People with no fixed address for more detailed information about registering as a voter with no fixed address.

Important Notice: All completed voter registration forms should be returned to:

The Electoral Registration Office
Basildon Borough Council
The Basildon Centre
St Martin's Square
Basildon
Essex SS14 1DL

Download a Register to vote form (no fixed address)
Anonymous Voter

You may be able to register anonymously if you are concerned about your name and address appearing on the electoral register because you think that it could affect your safety, or the safety of someone in the same household as you.


All completed voter registration forms should be returned to:

  • The Electoral Registration Office
    Basildon Borough Council
    The Basildon Centre
    St Martin's Square
    Basildon
    Essex SS14 1DL

Download a Register to vote form (anonymously)

For guidance on the registering to vote online process see: Icon for pdf Your Voter Matters - Register to vote online step by step guide - A4 Leaflet [740.03KB]

You are not eligible to vote in elections in the UK if one of the the following applies:

  • you aren't a British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth or EU citizen
  • you are a convicted person detained in pursuance of your sentence, excluding contempt of court (though remand prisoners, unconvicted prisoners and civil prisoners can vote if they are on the electoral register)
  • you have been found guilty within the previous five years of corrupt or illegal practices in connection with an election.