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The electoral register

How do you register?

To be able to vote in the local elections on Thursday 4 May 2017, you must apply to register by Thursday 13 April 2017.

1. Register online...

...go to the Gov.UK website »

2. Fill in your name, address, date of birth and a few other details. You’ll also need your national insurance number, which can be found on your national insurance card, or in official paperwork such as payslips, or letters about benefits or tax credits

3. Look out for a confirmation to say you’re registered

Everyone is responsible for registering themselves (previously the ‘head of every household’ could register everyone who lived at their address). You need to provide your national insurance number and date of birth. This makes the electoral register more secure. Find out more from the Your Vote Matters website.

Alternatively, if you'd like to register offline, please contact us on 0345 678 9015 or email registration@shropshire.gov.uk with your name and address.

There are two versions of the register, the 'open' and the 'electoral' version. If you're a British, Irish, Commonwealth or European Union Citizen, you need to be on the register to be able to vote. You must register every year. You're not automatically registered, even if you pay council tax.

If you want to restrict who has access to your name and address on the electoral register, you must opt-out. If you move house, you should register at your new address straight away - you don't have to wait for the next canvass to take place.