Voting in elections - make sure you are registered to vote
Anyone that wants to vote in elections must be registered.
It is particularly important that anyone who has moved address recently checks whether they are registered.
Registering is now easier than ever with the online system of registration.
Register to vote
If you’re not currently registered, you can go online to apply to register at
Please note you will need your National Insurance number, date of birth and full address details to hand in order to register.
If you are unable to register online please contact the Electoral Services team so that we can send you a form, or provide further help.
If it is not possible to provide your National Insurance number or date of birth, please contact us for further advice.
In the event of an election being called, if your registration was made in time, then you will be able to vote.
You can call 01454 863030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to check whether you are on the register.
Alternatively you may inspect a printed version of the register at:
- local libraries
- the Kingswood, Patchway, Thornbury and Yate One Stop Shops
Please note, libraries will only contain the section of the electoral register covering the area local to that library.
If you want to opt out of the Open Register just call 01454 863030, or email email@example.com, or write to us at Electoral Services, South Gloucestershire Council, High Street, Kingswood, Bristol, BS15 9TR and we will be pleased to help you.
How you can vote
- in person – you will receive a poll card which will tell you where and when to vote
- by post – you will receive a pack with instructions on how to register
- for someone to vote on your behalf (a proxy vote) – you will receive a pack with instructions on how to register
Are there any voting restrictions?
Yes. Some people on the register may not be able to vote in certain types of election. For example, members of the House of Lords and European Union citizens can only vote in local government and European parliamentary elections (not British parliamentary elections).Is there anything wrong with this page?