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Register to vote

If you have moved house recently, you will need to register at your new address - paying council tax does not mean you are automatically registered to vote.

You can also register to vote when you turn 16, even though you are not eligible to vote until you are 18.

The deadline for registering to vote at this election has now passed

Register to Vote

If you would prefer to call, the telephone number is 0191 520 5550 and we can either register you over the phone or post a form to you.

In order to register you will need your national insurance number so please make sure you have this to hand.

If you can't give your national insurance number you will be asked to say why, and we may contact you to ask for further information in order to confirm your identity.

You will receive a letter to confirm you are registered to vote.


Ways to vote

Voting in person

You can vote in person at the polling station at the elections in May 2021.
We are already making plans to help you stay safe at the polling station. There will be safety measures in place to help you stay safe, so be prepared to follow the signage and any instructions.

To vote in any election in the UK, you must be registered to vote.

Voting by post

To vote by post, you need to complete a postal vote application form.  If you would prefer to vote by post, please email us at We will check you are registered to vote and will then send you a personalised postal vote application form in the post to complete and return.

The deadline to apply for a postal vote, or change a current postal vote, has now passed

Voting by proxy

To vote by proxy, when you ask someone you trust to vote on your behalf, you need to complete a proxy vote application form. 

You can choose to vote by proxy for just one election, or have a permanent or long-term proxy vote.

The deadline to apply for a proxy vote for the elections on 6 May 2021 is 5pm on Tuesday 27 April 2021.

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