Waverley Borough Council

Registering to vote

Electoral register

The electoral register is a list of the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote.  If you are not on the register, you cannot vote.

Am I registered to vote?

To find out if you are registered to vote, please contact Joe Blythman in the Electoral Services team on:

Tel: 01483 523116

Email: electoral.services@waverley.gov.uk

How do I register to vote?

You can register in one of two ways:

1) Download and print the Voter Registration Form. This needs to be completed by hand and must be returned to us by post. We are able to accept scanned copies via email, however, we will need the original.

2) Contact the Electoral Services team and we can send a registration form to you.

Tel: 01483 523116

Email: electoral.services@waverley.gov.uk

Register to vote by 6 May for the European Parliamentary Elections 2014

To vote at the European Parliamentary Elections 2014 on 22 May, you need to be registered on the Electoral Register. If you are not registered, or if you have recently moved, please complete a Voter Registration Form, ensuring it is signed, and return it to the Electoral Services Team by Tuesday 6 May 2014.
If your form is returned after this date then you won't be able to vote in the European Parliamentary Election on Thursday 22 May 2014. 

You will receive a letter of acknowledgement when you have been added to the Register.

Find out more about the European Parliamentary Elections 2014.

Have you recently moved into Waverley or have your details changed?

If you have moved into Waverley, or your details have changed and need updating, please contact Joe Blythman in the Electoral Services team on:

Tel: 01483 523116

Email: electoral.services@waverley.gov.uk

Who can register to vote?

You can register to vote as soon as you are 17 (although you can't vote until you are 18).  You must also live at an address in the Waverley area for at least six months of the year.

You also need to be:

  • A British, Irish or Commonwealth citizen (see below); or
  • A citizen of a country in the European Union (see below); and
  • Resident at your address for at least 6 months of the year

 Find out more about who can register to vote.

Why should I register?

  • The information is required by law.
  • If you are not registered, you cannot vote in elections.
  • You may find it difficult to get credit, loans, a mortgage or bank account as the register is used by credit reference agencies.

The electoral register

What are the full and edited registers?

The full register lists the name and address of everyone who is registered to vote. It is used for law enforcement and by credit reference agencies, but only to check your name and address if you are applying for credit and other purposes specified in the law.

The edited register is available for general sale and can be used for any purpose and be bought by anyone - including for marketing purposes. You can opt out of appearing on the edited register when completing your registration form.

Find out more about opting out of appearing on the edited electoral register.

Viewing the register

If you want to see the full electoral register, you need to make an appointment.  Please contact the Electoral Services team on tel: 01483 523116 or email: electoral.services@waverley.gov.uk.

  • Inspection of the register will be under supervision.
  • You can take extracts from the register, but only by hand written notes.
  • Information taken must not be used for direct marketing purposes, in accordance with the Data Protection Act, unless it has been published in the edited version.

Anyone who fails to observe these conditions is committing a criminal offence and will be charged a penalty of up to £5,000.

More information

Please see the pages below for more information.

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