Elections and Voting

Register to vote

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To vote in any election or referendum you must be registered on the electoral register.

Register to vote on the GOV.UK website

After you're registered, you'll automatically receive a poll card for all elections and referendums you're eligible to vote in. 

The poll card will be posted to you about six weeks before an election or referendum. 

It contains voting information and the location of your polling station. 

Please bring your poll card to the polling station on the day of voting. 

Why you should register to vote

Registering to vote is the only way you can take part in elections and referendums. 


  • you could be fined up to £80 if you don't respond to an invitation to register to vote
  • the register is used by credit reference agencies, so you may have difficulties getting a loan, mortgage or finance agreement if you're not registered
  • you'll also be able to apply to vote by post or proxy if you need to

Registration deadlines

A timetable of dates you must register by to appear on the electoral register.

Registration deadlines

Register before date 

Date your details will change

12 December 2022

3 January 2023

10 January 2023

1 February 2023

7 February 2023

1 March 2023

10 March 2023

3 April 2023

17 April 2023 *

26 April 2023

10 May 2023

1 June 2023

9 June 2023

3 July 2023

10 July 2023

1 August 2023

10 August 2023

1 September 2023

22 November 2023

1 December 2023

* This was the last available date to register before the Watford Borough Council Elections on 4 May 2023.

Further information

Read further information about voting in general and the options available to you on the Electoral Commission’s website.

To find out if you are registered to vote, or if you can't register online, you can contact us by using our online contact form or by calling 01923 278369.

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