Register to Vote
Am I registered to vote?
Not sure if you're already registered? Use our online form to check.
You can register to vote online, contact us by phone on 01702 215010 or request an application form.
Please note that you will need your National Insurance Number when you register.
Changing your Name on the Electoral Register
If you wish to make any change to your details on the Electoral Register due to marriage or any other reason, contact us on 01702 215010. We will then send you the appropriate form to complete.
There are two registers. Why?
Using information received from the public, our registration officers keep two registers:
- electoral register
- open register
The electoral register
This lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in public elections.
It is used for electoral purposes, such as making sure only eligible people can vote. It is also used for other limited purposes specified in law, such as:
- detecting crime (e.g. fraud)
- calling people for jury service
- checking credit applications
The open register
This is an extract of the electoral register, but is not used for elections. It can be bought by any:
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.
To find out if you are on the open register or to remove your details from the open register please email the Election Team.
Voting by Post or Proxy
If you wish to vote by post or proxy you must be individually registered.
Please return your form to:Electoral Services
Southend-on-Sea City Council
If you are a student, you may be able to register to vote at both your home and term-time addresses. For more information please visit about my vote.
Information for People with Disabilities
Do you experience problems when you visit a polling station to cast your vote?
Did you know:
- you can ask for a postal vote if you would rather not vote at your polling station or have difficulty in getting there
- you can ask the polling station staff to help you cast your vote or ask a friend to come and assist you
- if you are blind or partially sighted you can ask to use the “Tactile Voting Device”
- if your sight is poor, you can ask to see the “Large Print Copy of the Ballot Paper”
For any further advice:
- contact us on 01702 215010
- email us
For details as to how our Electoral services team collects and process personal data please see our privacy notices.