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Register to Vote

Registering to vote online

Register to vote

You can register to vote online. Everyone who is eligible should register to vote and keep this updated if they move. It will mean you can vote in elections and it may improve your credit rating. 

You must make a new application if you have changed address or were too young to register previously.

N.B. If you experience problems with the registration website you can download the voter registration form [pdf] 972KB and email it to vote@ashford.gov.uk to make your application.

Am I already registered?

It is not possible to check online whether or not you are already registered.

Once you are registered, you will not need to re-register for each election/referendum. However, you may be removed if we receive information that you are no longer resident at your registered address. You can contact us by phone if you want to discuss any issues around your registration or call into our offices to view the current electoral register. Please note we will not discuss your registration with anyone else including family members. If you have made an application it may take several days for us to process especially at busy periods; there is no need to reapply.

Annual enquiry form

All properties receive a household form once a year which lists who is currently registered. We use this process to make sure that our information is not out of date. Do not wait for this form to register, you can use the online application site above or call us if you need help registering.

Full and open register

There are two registers. Why?

Using information received from the public, registration officers keep two registers:

  1. The electoral register
  2. The open register (also known as the edited register)

The electoral register

The electoral register lists the name 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 (e.g. fraud), calling people for jury service and 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.

You can change whether or not you appear on the open register at any time by sending us written confirmation.

You can email vote@ashford.gov.uk or write to us at Electoral Services, Civic Centre, Tannery Lane, Ashford, Kent TN23 1PL.

We may send you a form to complete to ensure we gather all the necessary information.

Note: Questions marked by * are mandatory