Register to vote
The register of electors is a list of everyone who is entitled to vote. You can only vote in elections if your name is listed on the current register.
The register is also used by many organisations to check your identity. Not being registered at your current address can affect your credit rating, and could prevent you from:
- opening a bank account
- getting a mobile phone contract
- buying a house
- receiving a student grant
The Government uses the register of electors to decide how much money it gives us to pay for services, so not being on the register of electors could make your Council tax bill more expensive!
It is a legal requirement to have your name included on the register and you are not automatically registered, even if you do pay Council tax. You must complete and update an electoral registration form each year.
You can register to vote if you are:
- normally resident in the Darlington area
- over 16 (although you cannot vote until your 18th birthday)
- a British or Commonwealth Citizen
- a Citizen of the Irish Republic or of another European Union Member State
How to register
You can register or update your existing entry on the GOV.UK website [external link]. You will need your national insurance number to hand.
You can download the forms to fill in and send if you prefer [external link]
Registration dates for 2023
A revised electoral register is published on 1 December every year. On the first working day of every other month, we publish a list of alterations (additions, deletions and amendments) to the electoral register. In the weeks prior to an election, we publish some additional lists of alterations.
|Application received by||Date added to the electoral register|
|Monday 12 December 2022||Tuesday 3 January 2023|
|Tuesday 10 January 2023||Wednesday 1 February 2023|
|Tuesday 7 February 2023||Wednesday 1 March 2023|
|Friday 10 March 2023||Monday 3 April 2023|
|Thursday 6 April 2023||Tuesday 2 May 2023|
|Wednesday 10 May 2023||Thursday 1 June 2023|
|Friday 9 June 2023||Monday 3 July 2023|
|Monday 10 July 2023||Tuesday 1 August 2023|
|Thursday 10 August 2023||Friday 1 September 2023|
If you have any questions on when you will be added to the electoral register, please email [email protected]
The electoral register and the open register - why are there two registers?
Using information received from the public, registration officers keep two registers - the electoral register and the open register (also known as the edited 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 (such as fraud)
- calling people for jury service
- checking credit applications
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.
Your personal information - We will only use the information you give us for electoral purposes. We will look after personal information securely and we will follow the Data Protection Act 2018. We will not give personal information about you and the other people in your household to anyone else or another organisation unless we have to by law.
The electoral register can be inspected by anyone, under supervision. This is regarded as an important safeguard against potential abuse of the electoral system. To arrange to view the Electoral Register, please make an appointment.