Register to Vote

You can now register to vote online at, or by calling Southend-on-Sea Electoral Services on 01702 215010. Alternatively, you can request an application form. Please note that you will need your National Insurance Number at the time of registration.

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Changing your Name on the Electoral Register

If you wish to make a change to your details on the Electoral Register due to marriage or any other reason please contact us on 215010 and we will send you the appropriate form to complete.

There are two registers. Why?

Using information received from the public, registration officers keep two registers – the electoral register and the open register.

The electoral register

The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in public elections. The register 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 and checking credit applications.

The open register

The open register is an extract of the electoral register, but is not used for elections. It can be bought by any person, company or 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

Voting by Post or Proxy

If you wish to vote by post or proxy you must be individually registered. If you are unsure of your current registration status please call Southend-on-Sea Electoral Services on 01702 215010.

Download a postal vote form.

Download a proxy vote form.

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 advice, please contact the Electoral Office on 01702 215010 or email

For information on how Electoral services collects and processes personal data please see our privacy notices.

Page last updated: 14/06/2019