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Individual Electoral Registration - How do I register?

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  • Fill in your name, address, date of birth and other details.
  • You will need your National Insurance Number.  You can find this on your National Insurance card, or official paperwork such as a payslip or letters about benefits.
  • You will receive confirmation from the Council to say you are registered to vote.

About the Register

The Register is published in two versions, the full register and the open register. It remains a legal requirement that everyone over the age of 18 appears on the full version.  You are, however, allowed to opt out of the open register.

The Register of Electors is only available to view at the Council offices by appointment.

Full Register

The full register may only be used for election purposes, by credit reference agencies and the police and each organisation must adhere to strict data protection legislation.  This Register can also be inspected on a personal basis by anyone requesting to do so at the Council Offices.

Open Register

The open register is available to anyone and copies can be purchased from the Council.  When registering, everyone is given the opportunity to opt out of the open version.  In this way your details will be kept private and not be made available for general sales.  To do this you simply tick the relevant box on the registration form.

Why should you register to vote

  • If your name is not on the register you will not be able to vote
  • So that you can have a say in issues that affect you
  • If you are not on the register you might be refused a loan, mobile phone contract or even be turned down for a bank account

View our Annual Canvass - What you need to know

How to check that your name is on the register

You can check at any time of the year by contacting our Electoral Services, Queen's Buildings, Potter Street, Worksop, S80 2AH

Tel (01909) 533252 or email

Who can apply to vote

  • Someone 16 or older (although you cannot vote until you are 18) and a British Citizen, or
  • An Irish, qualifying Commonwealth, or European Union Citizen living in the UK
  • Students can register at both their term time address and their home address

Do you need to apply?

Register now if:

  • You are not registered already, or
  • You have recently moved house or changed your name, or
  • We have told you that your electoral details do not match other records

Electoral Commission

The Electoral Commission is an independent body that was set up by the UK Parliament.

Its mission is to foster public confidence and participation in the democratic process, by promoting integrity, involvement and effectiveness.

The Electoral Commission’s responsibilities include registering and regulating political parties, reviewing electoral law and procedures promoting public awareness of our electoral systems and advising those involved on the conduct of elections and referendums.

For more information visit the Electoral Commission website.