Register to vote or update your details

If your name isn't on the electoral register, you can't have your say in issues that affect you. It's easy to register. You just need to provide a few details, including your national insurance number and date of birth.

When registered, your details will be added to the electoral register. Jump to the application deadlines for 2017.

The Annual Canvass

Every year we carry out an audit of the register: this is known as the annual canvass. During the canvass we send an enquiry form to every residential address in the city to check that the people we have registered to vote there are correct.

Every household must respond to the enquiry form so that we can be sure the data we hold is correct and up-to-date. Even if someone in the property only recently registered to vote, the property is empty or no-one is eligible to vote: we still need a response to the enquiry form.

We are now sending enquiry forms for the 2017 canvass and these will be delivered between 28 July and 13 August 2017. A reminder will be sent in September if no response is received.

There are two ways you can respond to the form:

  • Online at www.elecreg.co.uk/cambridge (you will need the two-part security code printed on the enquiry form) or
  • Return the form in the pre-paid envelope provided.

Responding online is quick and easy and will save the cost of return postage and processing. If you respond online you do not need to return the form: you can destroy it securely.

If anyone living at the address is eligible to register but has not already done so, we will contact them individually to encourage them to register to vote.

Who can register

You can register to vote if you are:

  • 16 years or over (although you can't vote until you're 18); and
  • a British, Irish or Commonwealth citizen (eligible for all elections)
  • be a citizen of a European Union country (eligible for local and European parliamentary elections only)
  • and living at an address in the authority's area

Notes:

  • EU citizens are only eligible to vote in local and European parliamentary elections. When a European election is due, we will write to all registered EU nationals with a form that must be completed if they want to vote here.
  • Nationals of The Gambia and The Maldives are no longer eligible to register to vote in the UK, following their withdrawal from the Commonwealth and the subsequent amendment to UK legislation that removed their voting franchise.

Particular circumstances

If your circumstances are not listed below, contact us via our register to vote form for further information.

If you're a student

You can register to vote at both your term-time address and your home address, if you wish. You'll need to make two separate applications. Make sure that you register at the address at which you physically live in Cambridge, not the correspondence address for your college or hall.

Remember, it's a criminal offence to vote more than once in the same election. This means that you may vote in local elections from both addresses if they are for different local councils (as they are separate elections). You may only vote from one address for national elections, such as a parliamentary 'general' or European election.

If you live on a houseboat

If your boat has a permanent mooring in the city, you can register to vote in respect of your houseboat. If you don't have a permanent mooring, you should register with a declaration of local connection.

If you live outside the UK

If you're a British national living abroad, you can register to vote at General and European elections for up to 15 years from the date you were last registered as an ordinary elector. You should register in respect of the last address you lived at in the UK.

If you will not be visiting the UK when an election is taking place, you'll need to apply for either a postal or a proxy vote. We advise that you appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf as, while we make every effort to get your postal vote issued in good time, we can't guarantee that it will reach you and be returned in time to be counted.

If you're a member of the armed forces

If you or your spouse/civil partner serve in the armed forces, you can register to vote for the armed forces in one of two ways:

  • You can register each year as an ordinary elector at the address where you live, or
  • You can register as a service voter with a five year registration, in respect of the last address where you lived or the address you would live were you not serving away from home.

If you're posted abroad as a crown servant or British Council employee

You and your spouse/partner can register to vote for Crown Servants or British Council employees in respect of the address you last lived at in the UK, or the address you would live at were you not posted abroad.

If you will not be visiting the UK when an election is taking place, you'll need to apply for either a postal or a proxy vote. We advise that you appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf as, while we make every effort to get your postal vote issued in good time, we can't guarantee that it will reach you and be returned in time to be counted.

If you do not have a fixed address

You can register with a declaration of local connection for an address or place where you spend a substantial part of your time. For example a night shelter, drop-in centre or even a park bench.

Registration deadlines

Registration Deadlines 2017
If you apply before midnight on:You will be registered from:
Tuesday 22 November 2016 Thursday 1 December
Monday 12 December Tuesday 3 January 2017
Tuesday 10 January Wednesday 1 February
Tuesday 7 February Wednesday 1 March
Friday 10 March Monday 3 April
Thursday 13 April Wednesday 26 April
Wednesday 10 May Thursday 1 June
Friday 9 June Monday 3 July
Monday 10 July Tuesday 1 August
Thursday 10 August Friday 1 September
There are no updates to the register during October and November as this is when we conduct the annual canvass in order to publish a revised register of electors by 1 December each year.

Register statistics have moved to The electoral register page.

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