Register to vote
Who can register?
You must be a British, Irish or Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of a European Union state and a resident in the Borough of Swindon. Although you must be aged 18 years or over to vote, it is possible to register to vote if you are 16 or 17. In this instance your name will be added to the register and shown with the date on which you will be eligible to vote. You will then be able to vote in any election that happens on or after your birthday.
Although no one is obliged to vote, the law does require that a canvass is carried out annually for all properties in the Borough of Swindon. The current Register of Electors was published on 1 December 2020.
Individual electoral registration (IER)
Each person applying to be added to the electoral register now needs to provide their National Insurance Number and date of birth. If you do not know your National Insurance Number or have lost it please go to the Gov.uk website.
This additional identifying information will allow each person's details to be verified against the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) database before they are added to the electoral register.
How to register
It is generally easier and more cost effective to register online via the Gov.uk website. You can also use the Gov.uk website if you have moved house and need to re-register.
You can complete an application using our designated computer at Civic Offices reception. Staff will be able to help you through the process which should only take 5 minutes. Remember to bring your National Insurance Number and Date of Birth with you. No appointment is required:
You can call Customer Services on 01793 464601.
One of our team can start your application to register over the phone. In order to do this you will need to provide your date of birth and have your National Insurance Number ready.
We also have special application forms for people living overseas, service voters, crown servants or diplomats and their dependants, homeless people, voluntary patients in mental health hospitals and people who wish to register anonymously. Please contact us to seek further advice.
You can register as an elector at any time. Your details will only appear on the electoral register once they are received by Electoral Services and are successfully verified under the IER process. This process is subject to strict deadlines and the date your application is received. New dates for publication, for the following year, will be available from November.
The Electoral Registration Annual Canvass runs from August to November each year therefore any successful applications to register during the annual canvass period will not appear on the electoral register until the December publication.
The dates for publication and their respective qualifying dates for the 2020/2021 year are:
- Monday, 4 January 2021 / Friday, 11 December 2020
- Monday, 1 February 2021 / Friday, 8 January 2021
- Monday, 1 March 2021 / Friday, 5 February 2021
- Thursday, 1 April 2021 / Wednesday, 10 March 2021
- Tuesday, 4 May 2021 / Friday, 9 April 2021
- Tuesday, 1 June 2021 / Monday, 10 May 2021
- Thursday, 1 July 2021 / Wednesday, 9 June 2021
- Monday, 2 August 2021 / Friday, 9 July 2021
- Wednesday, 1 September 2021 / Tuesday, 10 August 2021
- Friday, 1 October 2021/ Thursday, 9 September 2021
- Monday, 1 November 2021/ Friday, 8 October 2021
- Wednesday, 1 December 2021/ Monday, 22 November 2021
For information on the different ways of voting please see: Find out about the different ways you can vote