Make sure you're registered to vote

Published: Friday, 3rd November 2017

The annual canvass to update the City Council's electoral register will continue until the end of November.

This means that by the end of the month every home in the city will have received a ‘Household Enquiry Form’, sent to check that the Council has the correct information on who should be registered, and to allow it to record any changes.

The electoral register is the list of everyone who is entitled to vote in elections and referenda. Those not on the register will not be able to vote.

Residents can register throughout the year and the published electoral register is updated every month - the quickest, easiest way to register is by going to the GOV.UK website.

Everyone aged 18 and over, and eligible to vote, must register. Residents are not automatically registered even if they pay Council Tax. Not being registered may affect a person's credit rating: the electoral register is used to confirm addresses for credit checks when applying for a loan, mobile phone or mortgage. 

The Council is required to take follow-up action for those residents that don't respond to the Household Enquiry Form, or who do not register when first asked. This includes delivering reminders and knocking on doors, which means additional costs that need to come out of the Council Tax, so it's better all round if people register straight away. 

Those who do not have access to the internet, or who would rather fill in a paper form, can contact the City Council with their name and address and one will be sent out. Write to the Elections Team, Oxford City Council, Town Hall, St Aldate's, Oxford, OX1 1BX, phone 01865 249811, or email