Register to Vote

Your vote matters

Register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote


Is your name included on the Registers of Electors?

In order to vote in elections your name must be included on the Register of Electors. If you are unsure if you are on the Register please contact the elections office by e-mail at elections@torridge.gov.uk or by telephone on 01237 428739.

If you are not registered, you may do so at any time.


Who can register?

You can register to vote in the UK if you are:

  • Anyone eligible aged 16 or over (you will not be able to vote until you are 18)

  • British or qualifying Commonwealth citizens

  • Citizens of the Republic or Ireland or other European Union member states


Why should I register?

If you do not register to vote, you can't vote. Registering to vote gives you a say on who represents you for local, national and European government. Registering to vote does not mean you have to vote, it just means you can if you want to.

If you are not on the Electoral Register you may have difficulty in obtaining credit which could impact on applications for mortgages, credit cards, mobile phones, etc.


New registrations

The easiest and quickest way to register to vote is online at:


If you are unable to register to vote online please contact the elections office by email at elections@torridge.gov.uk or by telephone on 01237 428739 and we will send you a form.


Change of name

To change your name, please complete a change of name form and return it to the council offices with the appropriate supporting documents. We do not need to receive the original evidence document posted to us. We accept scanned copy or a clear photograph showing the evidence.

pdf icon Name Change Form [69kb]

Change of address

If you have changed address, you will need to re-register by completing a new registration.