How to register
Everyone is individually responsible to register to vote. It is quick and easy, especially if you register on line:
- Go to the gov.uk website (opens in a new window) to register to vote.
- Fill in your name, address, date of birth and your national insurance number. This can be found on your national insurance card or letter, or on official paperwork such as payslips, or letters about benefits . We need your national insurance number to add your name to the electoral register. If you cannot provide it, you will be asked for additional evidence of your identity.
- When you register to vote, you'll be asked whether you have photo ID or if you want to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate.
- Look out for a confirmation letter to say you're registered.
If you prefer you can request a printed form from the Electoral Services team.
Who can register to vote?
To be eligible to register to vote a person must be:
- Over 16 (but you cannot vote until your 18th birthday)
- a British, Irish or Commonwealth citizen
- a citizen of the European Union, and living at an address in the Mansfield District for at least six months of the year
- a member of the armed forces
- a spouse or civil partner of a member of the armed forces
- a British citizen living abroad for less than 15 years
- a student living away from home.
For more information about your vote, visit the Electoral Commission website (opens in a new window).
Voting at elections
You have to be registered to vote to be able to vote at elections and referendums.
When you cast your vote at the polling station, you will also need to take photo id with you. Find out more about voter id on the Voter ID page.
Why is it important to register?
- If you don't register, you can't vote which means you won't have a say on important issues that affect you.
- Elections can be called at short notice, and if you're not registered you won't be able to vote.
- Failing to register can also affect your chances of getting credit, as many companies use the voters list to verify your details.
- You may be fined if you don't.