Electoral Application Forms

Registering to vote or updating your details

Registering to Vote

You can register to vote by post or online. If you wish to apply online please visit www.gov.uk/registertovote.

Due to the new Individual Electoral Registration system, you’ll need your National Insurance number and date of birth in order to register.

If you apply online, your application will be sent to the Elections Office. They will send you a confirmation letter once your application has been processed.

If you wish to apply by post

Please contact the Elections Office on 01202 451123 and they will send you an Individual Registration Form.

If you have received a Household Enquiry Form for your property

Please add any new people to this form and return it to us. Any new residents will need to register individually, as discussed above.

If you have not responded to the Household Form, you will have been sent a reminder. Any non-responding properties may also receive a canvasser visit during the door-knocking stage.

Application Forms

  • Application for Postal Vote - complete this form if you want to vote by post in elections. 
  • Application for Proxy Vote - complete this form if you can’t get to your polling station and want someone else to vote on your behalf at an election.
  • Temporary Application for Postal Proxy - complete this form if you can’t get to your polling station and want someone else to vote on your behalf by post. This person can’t go to your polling station to vote. 
  • Application for a Change of Name - complete this form to change your name on the Electoral Register. NB: You must return a photocopy of documentary evidence with your form (i.e. a copy of a marriage certificate).
  • Request for Attestation - only complete this form if we have told you that you need an Attestation.

  • Overseas Electors - If you are an elector living abroad and wish to vote by post or proxy, download a Postal Vote or Proxy Vote application. If you wish to vote by postal proxy please download a Postal Proxy application. Please ensure that you are already on the Register as an Overseas Elector before you request a postal or proxy vote. 

When you’ve completed your form, send it to us at:

Room 15
Town Hall

You must sign your application form. You can email us a scanned copy providing it's got your signature on it.

Please note:

If you are a postal or postal proxy voter at the time of an election deadline, you cannot cancel your postal/postal proxy vote after the 5pm deadline before an Election. You are also not able to change it to a proxy vote.

The same applies to a proxy vote after the proxy vote deadline.

You can ask us to remove your details from the Open Register here.

If you are currently a postal voter and wish to cancel your postal vote, to vote in person, please email your full name and address to absent.voting@bournemouth.gov.uk and state that you no longer wish to vote by post.

Monthly Updates and Statutory Dates for Applications for Registration 2017

You can apply to be included in the Register of Electors at any time. If your application is successful, you'll be added at the next monthly update.

If we get your application form by…

Your details will be changed on…

Tuesday 11th December 2018

Wednesday 2nd January 2019

Thursday 10th January 2019

Thursday 1st February 2019

Thursday 7th February 2019

Friday 1st March 2019

Friday 8th March 2019

Monday 1st April 2019

Tuesday 9th April 2019

Wednesday 1st May 2019

Friday 10th May 2019

Monday 3rd June 2019

Friday 7th June 2019

Monday 1st July 2019

Wednesday 10th July 2019

Thursday 1st August 2019

Friday 9th August 2019

Monday 2nd September 2019

There are no monthly updates during October and November because all households are asked to give their information to the Electoral Registration Officer during the Annual Canvass period.
A Full Electoral Register will be published on 1st December 2019.

You can view Bournemouth’s Register of Electors in the Town Hall or any of the Bournemouth libraries.