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Register to Vote

South Bucks District is covered by the Beaconsfield parliamentary constituency, which also covers some parts of the Wycombe district. Beaconsfield is represented by one MP, Dominic Grieve, who was elected at the last parliamentary election.

The electoral register is the list of everyone who is registered to vote. Each individual must be on the electoral register in order to vote in UK elections and referendums. You are not automatically registered even if you pay council tax.

You can register to vote if you are:

  • 16 years old or over and
  • a British citizen
  • an Irish, EU or qualifying Commonwealth citizens. Qualifying Commonwealth citizens are those who have leave to enter or remain in the UK, or do not require such leave.
     

You can also visit About my vote website to find out more, including which elections are happening in your area, and what the different democratic institutions do.  If you are a British citizen living abroad you can find more information at Overseas Voters

If you are unsure if your name is included on the electoral register please contact Electoral Services.

The way we all register to vote has changed

The registration system changed in June 2014 - the new system is called 'Individual Electoral Registration'.

How is the new system different?

  • You can now register online at Register to Vote
  • Everyone is now responsible for registering themselves. Under the old system the 'head of every household' could register everyone who lived at their address.
     

You need to provide a few more details to register - including your national insurance number and date of birth. This makes the electoral register more secure.

How do I register under the new system?

  1. Go to Register to Vote
  2. Each applicant will be asked to provide their name, address, previous address, nationality, date of birth and national insurance number

Each applicant's details will be checked against government records to verify their identity before the Electoral Service Officer can approve their application.

If a person's name, date of birth or national insurance number are not verified after they have applied to be registered, the Electoral Registration Officer will contact them:

  • to clarify any element of their application;
  • or to ask the applicant to provide documentary evidence, such as a passport, to support their application.