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Electoral Register

Within this section you can find out about the electoral register, how you can register to vote and check whether you are registered.

Register to vote



Please register to vote as soon as you can to avoid missing out on any important elections. Your application is checked by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) before we can add you to the electoral register. We may need to do further checks if the DWP cannot match your details. This usually takes a few days but can take up to a few weeks.

How do I register?

You can register to vote online. To register, you'll need to provide the following details which helps make the electoral register more secure:

  • National Insurance Number
  • Date of Birth

Register to vote

Who can vote

You can register to vote in the UK if:

  • You're a British, Irish or European Citizen, living in the UK and aged 16 or over
  • You're a Commonwealth Citizen with leave to remain in the UK, aged 16 or over

You can still register at an address in Maidstone if:

  • You're a lodger and have no other home
  • You normally live there but are temporarily away. For example you may be in hospital, a student or away travelling
  • You have no fixed address, but have a connection to the area
  • You’re only 16 or 17
  • You have another home elsewhere

If you:

  • Have no fixed address
  • Are a member of the armed forces, their partner or family member
  • Are a Crown servant or British Council employee
  • Are responsible for patients in mental hospitals or remand prisoners or
  • Are a British Citizen living abroad
  • Email

How do I update my details on the electoral register?

You can update your details online.

What is the electoral register?



There are two versions of the main register and they are published about once a year.:

  • The Full Register and;
  • The Edited (Open) Register

After being published, updates to both versions of the register are made on a rolling basis throughout the year. This is called the Rolling Register.

The Full Register

The Full Register lists everyone who is entitled to vote. Only certain people and organisations can have copies of the Full Register and they can only use it for specific purposes. For example elections, law enforcement and credit referencing.

The Edited (Open) Register

The Edited Register leaves out the names and address of people who have asked to opt out. Opting out will mean details won’t be passed on to third parties and may prevent junk mail.

To opt out of the open register email

The Rolling Register

This Rolling Registers are updated monthly throughout the year.

Registering yourself twice



If you're a student studying away from home, at college or university, you can register to vote at both your home and term-time address.

Second homes

If you have a second home and live there regularly, you can register at both properties.


When a local election is taking place students and those with a second home can vote at both properties. When a general election is taking place you can choose to vote at either property, but you can only vote once.

How do I check if I am registered to vote?


If you were registered to vote for a previous election and none of your details have changed you will still be registered to vote.

When you register to vote you should receive written confirmation that you have been registered successfully.

Postal and proxy votes


If you're registered, but can’t vote on election day, you can apply for a postal or proxy vote.

Postal Vote

You can only apply for a postal vote if you're already on the Electoral Register.

Postal votes can be sent overseas, but you should consider whether there'll be enough time to receive and return your ballot paper by election day.

If you're currently on the Electoral Register and wish to apply for a postal vote, please complete a Postal Vote Application Form.

Proxy Vote

You can only apply for a proxy vote if you are already on the Electoral Register.

A proxy vote is where you nominate a person to vote on your behalf.

If you're currently on the Electoral Register and wish to apply for a proxy vote, please complete the Proxy Vote Application Form that applies to you.

How to check the electoral register


You can see the Full Electoral Register free of charge, under the supervision of a council officer, at the Maidstone Link - no appointment is necessary:

Maidstone Link,
King Street, 
ME14 1FW

Extracts from the register may only be recorded by making hand written notes. By law, you will not be allowed to photocopy or copy the document in any other way.

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