Register to Vote!

Have you registered to vote yet? You've got until 17th April to register to vote in the 2018 Local Elections, which includes the Local Authority Mayoral Elections in certain London Boroughs.

How do I register to vote?

Registering to vote is easy, all you need is 5 minutes and your National Insurance Number. If you've already registered to vote and your details haven't changed, you won't need to re-register to vote. If you've never registered to vote, or have moved address, register now here.

Am I eligible to vote?

To vote in a local council election, you must be over 18 years old, registered to vote and be one of the following:

  • a British citizen, qualifying Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of the European Union
  • you must be a resident in the United Kingdom
  • not be subject to any legal reason why you can't vote

You are not eligible to vote if you class as one of the below:

  • anyone other than a British, qualifying Commonwealth or European Union citizen
  • a convicted person detained in pursuance of their sentences, excluding contempt of court (although remand prisoners, unconvicted prisoners and civil prisoners are eligible to vote if  they're on the register)
  • anyone found guilty within the previous five years of corrupt or illegal practices in connection with an election

Where can I vote?

There are a number of ways in which you can vote:

  • in person at your local polling station. If you're registered to vote, you will receive a poll card from your local authority letting you know where your polling station is
  • via postal vote. This means that your ballot paper is posted to you and you can then send your vote back via post. You can find out more about voting by post here.
  • via proxy. This means appointing someone to vote on your behalf. You can find out more about proxy voting here.

Students are also eligible to vote in both their home and term-time addresses, providing that these fall within different local councils. All 32 London boroughs are up for election, as well as local authorities around the country. Make sure you check online if your home council is also electing a local authority mayor or councillors!

What will I be voting for?

All 32 London Boroughs are holding elections this year to choose who represents residents in their local authorities, as well as lots of other areas around the UK. Your council is responsible for a number of things including:

  • Housing
  • Education services
  • Libraries
  • Electoral registration
  • Waste and recycling
  • Environmental health
  • Local planning
  • Local transport
  • Parks and public areas
  • Regulation of local bueinesses
  • Roads and footpaths
  • Leisure centres and recreation facilities
  • Social Services

The Electoral Commission have put together a helpful guide on voting in the local elections in England, which can be accessed here.