Register to vote

Electoral registration

There is a wide range of electoral events which take place in Ealing, from UK Parliamentary General election and the forthcoming Council and European Parliament elections to referendums on neighbourhood planning or the governance arrangements for the council. For you to have your say in any of these elections you must be registered to vote – registering is not automatic and signing up to other council services, such as council tax, does not entitle you to vote.

In order to register you must complete a simple form; please contact the electoral services office and ask for the form to be sent to you:

Tel: (020) 8825 7777

In order to register you must meet the following three basic criteria:

Only residents whose nationality is either British or Irish, or who are from an EU country such as Poland or Romania can register. Citizens from Commonwealth countries such as India or Pakistan can also register but only if they have leave to remain in the UK.

Residents who do not hold citizenship from one of these countries are not entitled to register, even if they are allowed to live in the UK

Only people who are over 18 are allowed to vote in elections. 16 and 17 year olds can register but cannot vote; if you are 16 or 17 you should make sure that you are registered – this will mean that you can vote as soon as you turn 18.

You can only register at the address where you live. If you do not live at an address you cannot register there, even if you own the property or pay council tax on it.

If you have a second home you may be able to register at both addresses provided you spend an equal amount of time living in both. Please contact the electoral services office for advice.

Students are legally entitled to register at both their term time and home addresses. They must register at one address but can choose whether to register at their second address or not.

Rolling registration

Moved into a new address or not included on the register?
If you move into a new address in the borough or your name has not been included on the register or your personal details have changed, we can send you a form so that you can register. When we receive your completed application form we will add your details to the next update to the register; these are published monthly from March to July this year.

If we receive your form by  Your name will be added to the register on
10 March 2014  1 April 2014
6 May 2014* 14 May 2014*
9 May 2014 2 June 2014
9 June 2014 1 July 2014

*This date is the special deadline and publication date for the register that will be used for the Council and European Parliament elections on 22 May. We must have received your registration form by 6 May if you wish to vote in these elections.

The electoral register

There are two versions of the electoral register – the full register and the edited register. The full register is the version used for the conduct of elections and is available to view (under supervision) in the Central Library and Ealing Town Hall. The edited register, which can be purchased, can be viewed in libraries and Ealing Town Hall.

The full register
The full register shows the names and addresses of everyone who is entitled to vote. All voters must be included in the full register. The law gives details of who can have a copy of the register and what purposes it can be used for. These purposes include the prevention and detection of crime and to check your identity when you apply for credit. It is a criminal offence to pass on copies of the full register or use it for any other purpose.

The edited register
Anyone can buy a copy of the edited register and use it for any purpose e.g. direct mailing companies may use it to send you information about goods and services.

You can choose to have your name excluded from the edited register. If you do not want you details shown on the edited register then you can let us know by ticking the ‘opt out’ box on your registration form.