Supporting someone to register to vote
Before each election there is a deadline to register to vote, this is usually around two weeks before the election takes place. You can help the person you care for or support to register to vote online by completing a form on the government website.
Anybody with a learning disability and/or autism has the legal right to vote.
Keep reading to find out more or click the ‘Register to vote’ button below to start on the government register to vote website.
They can register to vote if they…
- Are 18 years old or older.
- Are a British, Irish or Commonwealth citizen.
- Live in the UK.
They must register again each time they move home or change their legal name.
How to register to vote
If you would like to use our accessible guidance on how to register to vote visit this My Vote My Voice webpage.
If you are completing the form on their behalf, or supporting them to do so, the questions apply to them. Make sure you have all required information ready.
The form will ask…
- Where do you live?
England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or British citizen living in another country.
- What is your nationality?
British, Irish, Citizen of a different country.
- What is your date of birth?
Input this in numbers; day, month, year.
- What is your full name?
As it appears on official documents, not initials.
- Have you ever changed your name?
For example, by marriage or deed poll.
- What is your national insurance number?
You can find this on your national insurance card, on pay slips or on letters about your tax, pension or benefits.
- What is your address?
Type in your postcode and find your address in the dropdown menu.
- Do you also live at a second address?
If you click yes you can register to vote at both addresses by completing another voter registration form. But you can only vote once.
- Have you permanently moved out of another address in the last 12 months?
If you have moved into a new home within the last year you will need to provide the address of where you lived before.
- Do you want to opt out of the ‘open register’?
The open register has lists of names and addresses of people who are registered to vote. This means your name and address will be on the list. Charities and businesses can buy these.
- Do you want to apply for a postal vote?
A postal vote means you can vote before election day by posting your vote. You can register for a postal vote at another time.
- If we have questions about your registration can we contact you by phone?
- If we have questions about your registration can we contact you by email?
You will then have chance to check your answers before submitting the application.
Click the ‘Register to vote’ button below to start on the government register to vote website.