Register to vote: the new electoral register

Published: Monday, 1st October 2018

Every year the City Council draws up the new electoral register. We have already sent out the canvass form and reminder, for households to respond to, and in October and November we have canvassers out and about visiting those households that haven’t yet replied.

The electoral register is the list of everyone who is entitled to vote in elections. Those not on the register will not be able to vote. The quickest, easiest way to register is by going to the Register to Vote webpage. You can also register by phone or text (the details are on the form) or you can return the form by post if that’s easiest for you. You’ll need the form as it contains the security codes that are used during the registration process.

Oxford City Council Returning Officer, Anita Bradley, said: "If you want to have a say in how the Council or the Government is run, you need to vote. And in order to vote you need to be registered. Taking part in the democratic process is a well-founded right, but we all need to be sure that we register to take part. It doesn't take long to register and it will ensure you can exercise your voice through the ballot box."

Everyone aged 18 and over who is eligible to vote must register. Not being registered may affect your credit rating as the electoral register is used to confirm addresses for credit checks when applying for a loan, mobile phone or mortgage.

Please remember that by responding to the registration form promptly it means that the Council will not have to send a canvasser, saving time and money.

For more information phone 01865 249811 or email the elections team