How can I find out if my name is
on the register?
Contact Electoral Services on 020 7361 3444, Monday to Friday
8.30am to 5.30pm. The current version of the electoral
register is available for public inspection by appointment only at
the Local Studies and Archives section of Kensington Central
library. To make an appointment phone Kensington
When is the electoral register published?
A fully revised version of the electoral register is published
by 1 December each year. This revision takes account of all changes
notified during the annual registration canvass that takes place
How can I view the electoral
The current version of the electoral register is available for
public inspection by appointment only at the Local Studies and
Archives section of Kensington Central library. To make an
appointment phone the Kensington
When I register to vote, will my
details be passed on to lots of marketing companies?
There are two versions of the electoral register, the full
version and the edited version. The edited register is available
for general sale and can be used for commercial activities like
marketing. When you register to vote, you can choose to tick a box
to opt out of the edited register, which means your details cannot
be used for marketing purposes.
The full register is only available to certain people and
organisations, and only for specific purposes. These include
electoral purposes, the prevention and detection of crime, and
checking identity when you have applied for credit such as a
mortgage, a loan or a bank account. It is not available to
Can I register to vote over the telephone or internet?
During the annual registration canvass you can use the telephone
or internet to re-register household details if there are no
changes to be made to details on the form. Otherwise no, you will
need to complete a form.
When I move, does my
registration automatically get amended?
No. you must complete a fresh application to register at your
new address and send it to the Electoral Services Office at The
Town Hall, Hornton Street, W8 7NX
If I pay council tax am I automatically registered to
No. You must still register to vote. You can download a form
Registering to vote page.
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How long does it take to get
During the months of December to August, registration can take
up to about six weeks as a statutory timetable must be followed.
Written confirmation of inclusion in the register will be sent to
every successful applicant.
If I am registered, do I have to
No, although the law states that you must return registration
information when requested to do so, there is no obligation on you
Am I eligible to vote?
See the list of eligible countries on the About
My Vote website's registration pages.
I am a student – where do I
Students may register to vote at their term-time address, their
home address or both. However, you can only vote once in the same
Can I register if I do not
have a permanent address?
Anyone without a permanent address can register in the area
where they spend a substantial part of their time, even if that is
not a permanent residential address. You need a special form to do
this. Contact Electoral Services on 020 7361 3444 to arrange for a
form to be sent to you, or you can collect one from the Electoral
Services Office, The Town Hall, Hornton Street, W8 7NX between the
hours of 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
I am in the Armed Forces living in the UK. Do I have
to register annually?
If you register as a service Voter you will only have to
re-register every three years, and the Electoral Services Office
will write to remind you when re-registration is required.
Alternatively, download the Armed Forces form from
My Vote website.
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Can I register if I am moving
Yes – guidance for overseas electors can be found on
to vote page.
Why should I register to
If you do not register to vote, you will not be able to vote at
any elections and therefore be unable to influence who makes
important decisions on your behalf.
Do I have to register to vote
for every election?
In the United Kingdom, your registration lasts for a year. This
means that as long as you return your annual voter registration
form, which will be distributed to your household every autumn, or
complete an individual application to register, you will be
registered and you will be able to vote whenever an election is
If the information on the
annual canvass form is correct what do I do?
Even if there are no changes to the pre-printed details on the
form delivered to your property you must still notify the Electoral
Services Office that it is correct. You can do so by either using
the telephone, Internet or SMS services advertised on the form; or
by signing the form and sending it back in the pre-paid envelope
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How can I find out who the
Lists of candidates are published on this website before all
Must I have my poll card to
vote at a polling station?
No - but it will help staff at the polling station if you do
What are the hours of
Polling stations are open for voting from 7am - 10pm.
Why do the election staff
write down my electoral number at the polling station before
allowing me to vote?
Every ballot paper has a unique serial number and by law, a
record is kept of every serial number issued to every voter.
If I make a mistake on my
ballot paper in the polling station can I have a new one?
Yes - you should ask the presiding officer for a replacement
paper. The 'spoilt' ballot paper will be taken from you but not put
into the ballot box.
What if I make a mistake and
spoil my postal ballot paper?
You can ask for a new postal ballot paper but should do so as
quickly as possible. Before you can have a replacement, all the
documents that came with your original pack (including the ballot
paper itself) have to be delivered to the Returning Officer. If you
need a replacement ballot paper or any of the other documents that
came with your postal vote, call the Electoral helpline on 020 7361
3444 as quickly as possible. Replacements cannot be provided after
5pm on the day of the election.
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How can I find out where my
polling station is?
Details of your polling station and a map showing its location
will be on your polling card. If you are still unsure of where to
find it please contact Electoral Services.
What help is available at the
polling station for people with disabilities?
Every polling station in the borough has the following
Do I have to give a reason for
requesting a postal vote?
No - a postal vote is available on demand but you must make a
written application. See the Postal and
proxy voting page.
Does the postal vote have to
be sent to my home address?
No, you can have the postal vote sent wherever you wish.
However, if you want your ballot paper to be sent to an address
other than the one you are registered to vote at, you must tell us
why. We can refuse to send the ballot paper to the requested
address if we are not satisfied by your reasons.
If I have applied for a postal vote, can I still vote at the
No - but on Election Day you can return your postal vote to the
polling station before 10pm (or to the Returning Officer) if you no
longer want to post it or if it is too late to post.
What if I asked for a postal
vote and it did not arrive?
You should contact the Electoral helpline as quickly as possible
as there is only a limited time to get a replacement to you. When
you apply to vote by post the Electoral Registration Officer will
send you a letter to confirm your request has been received. If you
do not receive this letter, then your application has probably not
been received. If you think you should have received a postal vote
and you haven't received it at least four working days before an
election day, please call the Electoral helpline on 020 7361 3444
What can I do if it's Election
Day and I haven't posted my postal vote back?
Postal votes must be posted in good time in order to reach the
Returning Officer by 10pm on the day of the election. You are
advised to post your ballot paper at least two days before Election
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How long does my postal vote
You can say on the form whether or not you want a postal vote
for all future elections, for a specified period of time, or just
for one election.
What is a proxy vote?
This is when you appoint a relative or friend to vote on your
behalf. This person can vote in person at your polling station on
Election Day, or choose to have a postal vote (postal proxy
Do I have to have my proxy
Unless you are registered blind, you may have to get someone to
support your application to confirm that your reason for applying
to vote by proxy is valid. Read the notes that accompany the
application form to find out if you need to get someone to support
your application and who can do it. Visit the About
My Vote website for further information.
Who can vote on my behalf as
Anyone can be your proxy if they are eligible to vote in that
type of election. See the Postal and proxy
What if the person I want to
proxy vote for me can't get to the polling station easily?
They can apply to proxy vote by post. Your application for a
proxy vote asks you to indicate whether this might be the case. If
you tell us so, we will send your proxy the necessary form.
How long does my proxy
This depends upon your reason for making the application in the
first place. Please contact Electoral Services on 020 7361 3444 for