Local elections are taking place on Thursday 3rd May. In these elections, voters are choosing who represents them on their local council. We encourage all young people to register to vote and remind those who are 18 or older that your vote matters!

Register to vote

Click here to apply to register to vote online (Deadline: 17th April). If you would like to register to vote by post click here (Deadline: 18th April).

About the elections this May

This guide explains how to register to vote as well as the different types of voting. It also has key dates for the elections in May. It was produced with Mencap, the charity for people with a learning disability.

You can also find out more by clicking here or visit the Electoral Commission website.

Key dates:

FAQs

Your top 5 questions answered

1. How do I register to vote in UK elections?

If you live in England, Scotland or Wales, you can register online any time at gov.uk/register-to-vote.

To register to vote in Northern Ireland, visit our Register to vote in Northern Ireland page.

2. Can you tell me if I am registered to vote?

To find out if you are registered to vote, you must contact your local electoral registration office. The Electoral Commission cannot tell you if you are registered to vote. You also can't check this online, so you will need to get in touch with your local registration office.

Find contact details for your local authority

3. Can I check if I'm registered to vote online?

No, electoral registration is managed locally by the local electoral registration office for each area and there is no official centralised electoral register that can be searched online.

If you would like to check if you are registered, contact your local electoral registration office.

Find contact details for your local authority

4. Am I eligible to register to vote in UK elections?

You can register to vote if you are:

  • 16 or over in England and Wales (but you cannot vote until you are 18); or 14 or over in Scotland (but you cannot vote in local elections and elections to the Scottish Parliament until you are 16 or elections to the UK and European Parliaments until you are 18)
  • A UK, Republic of Ireland or qualifying Commonwealth citizen. Qualifying Commonwealth citizens are those who have leave to enter or remain in the UK, or do not require such leave
  • A citizen of a European Union country living in the UK
  • A citizen of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or a British Overseas Territory living in the UK

Here is a full list of Commonwealth and European Union countries

If you are a citizen of one of those countries, and a resident in the UK, you are eligible to register to vote in UK elections.

Find out what you can vote for here

5. How can I contact my local electoral registration office?

You can find the contact details for your local electoral registration office on our Find your local authority page.

Find out more 

You can find out more about the elections this May by clicking here or visit the Electoral Commission website.