Within this section you can find out about the electoral register, how you can register to vote and check whether you are registered.
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.
You can register to vote online. To register, you'll need to provide the following details which helps make the electoral register more secure:
You can register to vote in the UK if:
You can still register at an address in Maidstone if:
You can update your details online.
There are two versions of the main register and they are published about once a year.:
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 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Rolling Registers are updated monthly throughout the year.
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.
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.
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.
If you're registered, but can’t vote on election day, you can apply for a postal or proxy 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.
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.
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,
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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