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Registering To Vote

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Want to vote in future elections happening in Leicester? Join our Electoral Register.

It's easy and we can help:


How do I register to vote?

There are two ways you can register to vote:

There are also special arrangements for students, overseas voters and armed forces voters


Why should I register?

Voting is your opportunity to take part in democracy and have your say on a local and national level.   

All decisions made by the council and central government can affect you and how you use our services. When you're registered, you can vote for someone to represent you and your community when those decisions are made.


Other reasons to be registered

Your credit rating may be affected if you're not on the electoral register. This might  affect you getting a mortgage, loan or mobile phone contract.

Even if you are registered to vote, you must return your Voter Registration Form every year to continue your registration. If you don't, this could result in a fine of up to £1000.


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How can I check I'm registered?

It's simple, just get in touch.

Call us: 0116 454 2000 
E-mail us:

Write to us:
Electoral Services 
York House

91 Granby Street 

See us in person:
Our offices are open from 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Thursday; and 8.30am to 4.30pm Fridays (except Bank Holidays).

You can also see our full register at Bishop Street Central Library


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Rolling Registration

You can register to vote throughout the year. You can request a form by calling us on 0116 454 2000 or email us at

After we get your form, we'll add you to our new applications list. Any elector can object to your name being added to our voters List. If this happens, we will write to let you know.

If your application is accepted, we'll change your details within three to seven weeks of receiving your paperwork, as per the table below. We also confirm this by post.


If We Get Your Form By…..

Your Details Will Be Changed On …..

Monday 10th March 2014

Tuesday 1st April 2014

Friday 11th April 2014

Thursday 24th April 2014

Date yet to be Determined

Date yet to be Determined

Tuesday 6th May 2014

Thursday 15th May 2014

Friday 9th May 2014

Monday 2nd June 2014

Monday 9th June 2014

Tuesday 1st July 2014

Thursday 10th July 2014

Friday 1st August 2014

 Friday 8th August 2014

 Monday 1st September 2014

If you now live in Leicestershire, you must register with your new local authority.


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Versions of voters' lists

Our Electoral Registration officers maintain two versions of the voters list: a full and edited version.


Full voters list

The full version lists everyone who is entitled to vote.

The law says who can access this and what the information can be used for. This includes electoral purposes, crime prevention and detection, and credit checking purposes.

It is a criminal offence for organisations to pass this information to anyone else or to use it for any other purpose. 


Edited voters list

The edited version leaves out the names and addresses of people who have asked to be excluded. It can be bought by anyone, and used for any purpose. For example, marketing companies may use this information to send you details on goods and services.


You must tell us, if you do not want all your details on our edited list. Tick the "opt-out" box on your voter registration form before you return this.


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See Also:

How to vote

Elections in Leicester