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Voting in person at a polling station




To be allowed to vote, you must be on the electoral register. You can register to vote at any time but be aware that if there is an upcoming election, there will be a deadline to register. 

Most people who are already registered to vote will not have to register again. We will write to tell you if you need to do anything.

It only takes five minutes to register to vote and all you need is your National Insurance Number (if you have one). If you don't, you can get in touch with us and we'll help you.

Voter ID

To vote in person at a polling station you will be required to show photo ID before you receive your ballot paper.  Further information on acceptable photo ID and how to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate should you not have the required ID can be found here.

Who can register to vote?

You can register to vote if you:

  • Are 18 years-old – 16 and 17 year-olds can register but will not be able to vote until they are 18.
  • Live at your address for at least six months of the year

Are a British, Irish, European Union or Commonwealth citizen

The Electoral Commission  website will have all the information you need about who can and can't register to vote.

Register online

You can register to vote via the GOV.UK website.

Register to vote online 

For people with a learning disability, GOV.UK have published a guide to registering to vote online .

Mencap and the Electoral Commission have published an Easy Read Guide  for voters with a learning disability.

Apply to vote by post

All the relevant forms you need to register to vote by post are on the GOV.UK website or are available by contacting the Elections Office using contact details below.

Apply for a postal vote 


For further information contact the:-

Elections Office
Town Hall
DL1 5 QT
Tel. 01325 406444
E-Mail [email protected]

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