Elections and Register to Vote

Register to Vote

You can register to vote online at www.gov.uk/registertovote, or you can contact us by phone on 01702 215010.

Or if you wish you can request an application form.

Please note that you will need your National Insurance Number when you register.

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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:

  • person
  • company
  • 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.

To find out if you are on the open register or to remove your details from the open register please email [email protected].

Voting by Post or Proxy

If you wish to vote by post or proxy you must be individually registered.

Download a postal vote form

Download a proxy vote form

Please return your form to:

Electoral Services
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
Civic Centre
Victoria Avenue
Southend-on-Sea
SS2 6FA

Student Registration

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:

For details as to how our Electoral services team collects and process personal data please see our privacy notices.

Page last updated: 20/12/2019