With the general election called for 12 December, it is important to register to vote, to ensure that your voice is heard in Westminster.

Encourage people who use your service to register (unless you deal with young people, or wildlife, etc!)

Voters must be registered by 25 November in order to vote in the 12 December elections.

Who can register

You’re eligible to register to vote in elections if you’re both:

  • aged 18 or over
  • a UK citizen (or an Irish, EU or Commonwealth citizen with a permanent UK address)

You can register online

Register to get your name on the electoral register. You need to be on the electoral register to vote in elections and referendums.

You only need to register once – not for every election.

You can do this easily via the Gov.uk website – www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

This page also has a guide to registering to vote in Easy to Understand language, for people with a learning disability.

You can also use links on this page to change your name, address or nationality.


You will need a National Insurance Number in order to register, but can still register if you do not have one.

Students can be registered to vote at both their home address, and their place of study, but may only vote once.

Find out more about voting by post or by proxy on the Gov.uk website, if getting to a polling station is going to be difficult, for reasons of disability, accessibility, work, or geography.

The Guardian has a useful article about registering to vote.

When we find accessible guides to the main parties policies, and information about the impact each party might have on the voluntary sector, and those we work with, we will publish that information, as even-handedly as we can.


** Cornwall Council has written a press release around registering to vote, and voting – this has more local and detailed information, if you need it.

They have also produced an Easy Read version of their registration support, for people with learning disabilities: Easy-Read-Guide-to-Registering-to-Vote