We are responsible for compiling the Register of Electors for Ryedale. If you are not on the Electoral Register you will not be eligible to vote in any Election.
What is the electoral register?
The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in public elections. The register makes sure only eligible people can vote. It is also used for:
- Detecting crime (e.g. fraud)
- Calling people for jury service
- 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. This does not affect your right to vote. If you live in Ryedale, you can click here to opt out of appearing in the open register: Apply to opt out of the open register .
If you have an enquiry about the open register, or need help, please submit an Enquiry Form. Remember to select “elections and electoral registration” on the drop-down box.
Why should I register to vote?
- If you don’t register, you can’t vote!
- By law, you must register to vote or you could be fined up to £80
- If you are not on the register you may find it harder to get a loan, mortgage, finance agreement, or even a mobile phone contract as the register is used by credit reference agencies
- It gives you a say on who runs the country, who sits on your County, District and Parish Councils, and who represents you in Europe.
Who can register?
You can register to vote if you are:
- 16 or older (although you can’t vote until you’re 18)
- A British citizen
- An Irish, qualifying Commonwealth, or European Union citizen living in the UK
If you are a student living away from home, you can register at both your home and university term time address. Registering to vote at your term time address means you can choose where you vote.
You can still register to vote if you have no fixed address. You will need something called a ‘declaration of local connection’ to show that you are connected to and spend time at a particular place.
If you have a query about registering to quote, please complete an Enquiry Form. Remember to select “elections and electoral registration” on the drop-down box.
How do I register to vote?
Everyone is responsible for registering themselves to vote and the only way to do it is by either going online or by completing a paper form. If you have moved house recently and haven’t re-registered, you can now register using the government’s online register to vote service. Registering only takes five minutes.
How does the registration process work?
When we receive your application, we have to check your identity against the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) and other records, so applying does not mean that you will be automatically registered.
Once your details have been checked by the DWP, you will receive a letter from us either confirming that you are registered, or asking you for more information.
The electoral register is only updated at certain times of the year – generally the first of every month, apart from in October and November. There are strict deadlines which mean that you can only be added to the register if we receive your application on time and we have all the information we need to process it.
If you have a query about registering to quote, or need more information, please complete an Enquiry Form. Remember to select “elections and electoral registration” on the drop-down box.
What information will I need when I register to vote?
You will need your National Insurance number and date of birth. Your National Insurance number can be found on your National Insurance card or letter, or on official paperwork such as payslips or letters about tax or benefits. If you cannot find your National Insurance number, visit GOV.UK.
If you are unable to complete the application online, please use our Enquiry Form to request a paper form. Remember to select “elections and electoral registration” on the drop-down box.