West Berkshire Council

Registering to Vote

Adding your name to the Register of Electors, voting by post or by proxy

Why should I register?

You need to register in order to be able to vote. If you aren't registered to vote, you won't have the chance to have a say on who represents you.

Some people also register to vote because they want to apply for credit. This is because credit reference agencies use the register to confirm where someone lives when they apply for credit in order to counteract fraud.

How do I register?

  1. Go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
  2. Fill in your name, address, date of birth and a few other details. You'll also need your National Insurance number, which can be found on your National Insurance card, or in official paperwork such as payslips, or letters about benefits or tax credits.
  3. Look out for confirmation from your local electoral registration staff to say you're registered.

How do I vote by post or proxy?

By post - Anyone can apply for a postal vote. You can find an application form and more information about postal voting on the Gov.uk website.

By proxy - Voting by proxy means getting someone to vote on your behalf, for example because you'll be on holiday, working or living or serving overseas on election day. You can find an application form and more information about proxy voting on the Gov.uk website.

Please return postal and proxy applications to the Electoral Registration Officer, Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury.

If you don't have access to the internet or can't use it, your electoral registration staff will be able to help you to register.

Who To Contact

Contact details for West Berkshire Council's Electoral Services Team

01635 519464