Registering to vote and electoral register

Find out how to register to vote in local and national elections and learn about the electoral register, including proxy and postal voting.

Services your district council provides

Your local district or borough council is responsible for registering voters, the electoral register and postal and proxy voting in North Yorkshire.

You can vote in national and local elections if you are aged 18 or over. You must make sure you are on the electoral register.

Your name can be added to it once you are 16.

If you are living away from home, you can register to vote at your home address and where you are living. This means that you have a choice about where you vote, but you can only use your vote once in any single election.

Find out more about registering to vote.

The electoral register is a record of everyone who lives in a local authority area and is eligible to vote.

It is kept in two versions:

  • full, which includes all electors; and
  • edited, which only includes those who have given permission for their details to be on the list.

The edited version is available for viewing by the public at the council and may be sold commercially.

Postal and proxy voting

As well as voting in person on election day, you can vote by proxy. People who cannot attend the polling station, usually because of ill-health or employment, can nominate another person to vote on their behalf.

If it is unlikely you will be able to get to the polling station on election day because of access problems, you can apply to vote by post. Your completed application form must be returned to your local electoral registration officer by 5pm at least 11 working days before election day. Postal votes are usually sent out about a week before election day.