Before you can vote in UK elections or referendums you need to register to vote. If you move house or change your name you must register with your new details.

Register to vote or change your details


Who can register

You are responsible for registering yourself.

You can register at 16 years old, but you must be 18 or over to vote.

To register to vote you must be a British, EU or qualifying Commonwealth citizen.
See the list of eligible nationalities


European Union Citizens

If you are a EU citizen, you can choose to vote in the UK or your home country at this election.

To vote in the UK, you must complete the EU citizens European Parliament voter registration form and send it to us at the address below by 7 May 2019. This form has also been sent by post to all EU citizens that are currently registered.

If you are not already on the electoral register, you will also need to register to vote.

Register to vote or change your details

If you wish to vote in your home country, there is no need to complete the above form. More information about how to register in your home country can be found at


Vote by post

You can vote by post rather than going to your polling station. If you have a postal vote, you can't vote at a polling station.

Download a Postal Vote Application Form (please print with Page Scaling set to "None").

European Parliamentary elections 23 May 2019: The deadline to apply for, or cancel, a postal vote arrangement was 5pm Wednesday 8 May 2019.

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Cannon Hill Ward by-election 20 June 2019: The deadline to apply for, or cancel, a postal vote arrangement is 5pm Wednesday 5 June 2019.


When to register

You can register up to 12 working days before an election. However, please be aware that if there are any problems with your registration then we can’t guarantee you will able to vote so we suggest you leave extra time for your registration to be processed.


Household enquiry forms

We need to know who can vote in your household. In autumn each year we send “household enquiry forms” to all residential addresses in the borough.

The household enquiry form lists those electors currently registered to vote at the address. This form is not a voter registration form but you do need to complete it. There is a penalty of up to £1000 for failing to provide this information.

A few days after you apply, we will contact you by letter or email to confirm that you're registered to vote, or to ask for more information.

If you ask for a new name to be included on the voters list, a form will be sent to them asking for further details. They do not have to wait for this form to be sent to them; they can register online.

If you ask for a name to be removed from the voters list, we will contact them to check they want their name removed. After 14 days their name will be removed, unless the person contacts us to tell us otherwise.


Contact us

Electoral Services
Merton Civic Centre
London Road

If visiting, please go to the main reception at Merton Civic Centre. Office hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Telephone: 020 8545 3407. During election periods this is usually staffed outside of normal visiting times.
Fax: 020 8545 3249