Register to vote

Before you can vote in UK elections or referendums you need to register to vote. Your name and address will then appear on the electoral register.

You only need to register once.  If your circumstances don't change, you don't need to register separately for every election. You must register again if you've changed address, name or nationality.

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Two types of Electoral Register

We are required by law to publish two electoral registers - the Full Register and the Open (Edited) Register.

Everyone is added to the Full Register and this is only used for voting purposes and for credit references purposes, as defined by law. This register is restricted and is not available for public inspection. The Open Register is an extract of the full register that is open for public inspection and can be sold to third parties, if it's requested. You can opt out from appearing on this register.

Being on the electoral register can make it easier to get a loan, mortgage, finance agreement, or even a mobile phone contract.

Find out more about the electoral register (

Viewing the Electoral Register

The Open Register is held on reception at the Council Offices in Godalming and can be viewed at any time, during office hours.

The Full Register is kept by the Electoral Services Team at the Council Offices in Godalming. To view this register, you must make a 15 minute appointment with us. Appointments are supervised by a member of staff and only handwritten notes are permitted.

Registration Deadlines

Each month there is a statutory timetable for additions to the Register of Electors. The timetable for 2019/2020 is shown below:

Registration deadline Date added to register                                   
11 December 2019 2 January 2020
10 January 2020 3 February 2020
7 February 2020 2 March 2020
10 March 2020 1 April 2020
7 April 2020 1 May 2020
7 May 2020 1 June 2020
9 June 2020 1 July 2020
10 July 2020 3 August 2020
10 August 2020 1 September 2020
Annual Canvass 1 December 2020

Not sure if you've registered already?

If you're not sure if you've registered, please contact the Electoral Services Team, email: or tel: 01483 523116.

Page owner: Vanessa de Chazal. Last updated: 08/01/2020 11:28

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