Are you registered to vote?

Published: Wednesday, 28th March 2018

There is an election for half of the Oxford City Council seats on 3 May and if you’re not registered, you can’t vote. You have to register yourself; no one can do it for you.

To register your name on the electoral register go online to the GOV.UK website. It only takes five minutes and all you need is your name, address, date of birth and National Insurance number.

Oxford City Council Returning Officer, Anita Bradley, said: "Taking part in this country's democratic process is a well-founded right, but it is one that you can only take part in if you are registered. It doesn't take long to register, so please make sure you don't miss out in the forthcoming council election."

Registering is a legal requirement. Additionally, not being registered can mean more than not being able to vote. The register is used by companies to check when you apply for credit or mobile phone contracts, so if you're not on the register it may count against you.        

You will need to re-register every time you move home. 

You can register if:

  • you are 17 years old (and in some cases if you are 16). However, you can only vote when you become 18
  • you are British or qualifying Commonwealth citizens. This means Commonwealth citizens who have leave to remain in the UK or do not require such leave
  • you are a citizen of the Republic of Ireland or other European Union (EU) member states.

If you have any other questions about registering to vote or the electoral register visit the Your Vote Matters website.

The last date to register for this election is 17 April 2018.