Individual Electoral Registration

The process for registering electors has changed

Registering to Vote

You can register online. Due to the new Individual Electoral Registration system you’ll need your date of birth and National Insurance number. The Electoral Services will tell you if your application has been successful or not.

If you move house, you will need to re-register at your new address. You can register online or we can send you a form.

If you are a student, you can register to vote at both your home address and your term-time address, as long as they are not both in Bournemouth.

The Register of Electors

The Register of Electors lists:

  • Residents in Bournemouth who can vote in various elections.
  • Overseas voters whose last registration to vote was at a Bournemouth address.
  • Service personnel who have registered under a service declaration.
  • Homeless people who have a local connection.

The Register of Electors is changed each autumn and published on 1 December. This is after we have completed our annual research of all Bournemouth households. It’s also updated on the first working day of each month under a rolling registration scheme.

There are two Registers. Why?

Using information received from the public, registration officers keep two registers. The Electoral Register and the Open Register (also known as the Edited Register).

The Electoral Register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in public elections. The Register is used for electoral purposes, such as making sure only eligible people can vote and for other limited purposes specified in law. The personal data in the register must always be processed in line with data-protection legislation.

The Open Register is an extract of the Electoral Register, but is not used for elections. It can be bought by any person, company or organisation. For example, it is used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details. Your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed. Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote.

For more information on the two versions of the Register you can visit our webpage.

If you want to remove your details from the Open Register you can fill out this form.

Are you registered?

To find out if you’re on the Register of Electors you can check the Register at the Town Hall, at some libraries, or by contacting Electoral Services on 01202 451123. 

If any of your details have changed and you haven’t told us, please register online or contact the Electoral Services. 

If you need more information on elections or electoral registration, email or call the Electoral Services. 

If you aren’t on the Register of Electors, you can’t vote. 

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