How to register to vote

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How to register to vote

On this page, you can find out about registering to vote in the United Kingdom.

Your Vote Matters, Make Sure You're In

The way we register to vote is changing

Up to now, the head of a household has been responsible for registering everyone who lives at their address.

People registering to vote in England, Scotland and Wales will now register as individuals instead, using a new, more secure system.

Click here to read more about the Individual Electoral Registration (IER)

Register to vote online

You can now register to vote online. Please click here to register.

Register to vote by post

If you’d prefer to download a form and fill it in by hand, you can do that too.

Download a voter registration form here.

Public servants posted overseas

There are separate registration services for public servants who are likely to be posted overseas:

Armed forces
Crown servants (eg diplomatic service, overseas civil service)
British Council employees

Household Notification Letters

Letters confirming which residents are currently on the Electoral Register are sent to every household in Copeland before an election.

Anyone living at the property who is not listed within the letter should go to to apply to register. Please note that you will need to provide your national insurance number and date of birth to register.

If the details for those residents listed are incorrect, such as the spelling of someone's name or a person has left the property, or if you have any queries regarding the letter or your right to vote please contact the Elections Team at or 019465 98300.

Published: 28 January 2015 - 1:57pm