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The Electoral Register is a list of people in the Bristol area who are eligible to vote in an election.
To vote you MUST be on the electoral register.
If you are not on the register, you may find it difficult getting credit for a loan or mortgage.
By law everyone must register to vote. It is up to you whether you decide to vote or not. Note that failure to respond to the form could lead to a fine of up to £1000.
Registering to vote is a seperate process from paying Council Tax.
Register Now - Annual canvass in progress
To maintain the electoral register every local authority conducts a canvass of thier area every year.
Every household must respond during the annual canvass using the 2013/14 voter registration form, even if you have recently registered.
Registration forms are sent to every property. Please respond straight away to help the council spend its money efficiently.
The new register will be published in February 2014 following this years annual canvass.
Following the annual canvass in October 2012 there were 232,711 people on the electoral register in Bristol.
What do I need to do?
If there are no changes to your form please use the internet or freephone registration as specified on the voter registration form. This saves the council money.
If the only change is to opt out of the edited register or to request a postal vote please use the internet or freephone registration as specified on the voter registration form If there are any changes make these on your form and return as soon as possible.
If there are any changes please make these on your form and return it to us as soon as possible using the envelope provided. You can not complete the form on line because we require a signature on the form.
Make sure every eligible voter at your address appears on this form.
If you do not have your voter registration form please contact Electoral Services.
Before an election everyone on the register will be sent a poll card containing information on where to vote and how to do so.
Edited and full register
There are two versions of the Electoral Register, a full copy and an edited copy.
The full copy lists the name and address of everyone who is registered to vote. The Council holds a copy at the Bristol Central Library.
Anyone can look at it, but it is a criminal offence to supply and use copies for purposes other than set down in law. The main use of the full register is to show who can vote in elections and referendums. Credit reference agencies can use it, but only if you are applying for credit and for other purposes specified in law. It can also be used for law enforcement.
The edited register is available for general sale and can be used for any purpose. If you do not want your details to be sold, tick the last column (on the Voter Registration Form). This is called opting out. If you want your details to be available for sale then ensure the last column is blank (no tick).
If you are not already on the register of electors, or are moving home, please complete the register to vote form (pdf, 146 KB)(opens new window). You must send it to us either by:
- post to Electoral Services, FREEPOST (NAT 11762), Bristol, BS1 5BR (no stamp is required) , or
- fax to 0117 922 3461
- you cannot complete the form online as we require a signature on the form
Who can register?
- Any person who is 18 years old and over and is a British, Commonweath, Irish Republic or European union member state citzen living in the Bristol area.
- Please see our list of countries that are elible to register (pdf, 40 KB)(opens new window) for more information.
- Commonwealth and Irish citizens have the same voting rights as a British citizen and can vote at all elections
- If your home address is outside Bristol, please see the About my vote website to find out how to contact the Electoral Services for your local authority.
Voters aged 16 and 17 must be included on the annual canvass form but they will not be able to vote until they are 18. See our young voters' guide for more information.
If you are a student living away from home, you can register and take part in some local elections from both your home and your university (term time) addresses. You can only do this if the two addresses are in different councils/police areas. The elections for which you can vote in both areas are:
- Local council.
- Police and Crime Commissioner.
It is an offence to vote more than once in a UK Parliamentary election.
If you wish to register to vote both at home and where you are living as a student, you can find out how to contact the Electoral services for your local authority at the About my vote website.
European Union citizens
There will be European elections on May 22, 2014. See Future elections for more details.
A European Union citizen who is resident in Bristol can vote at:
- European elections
- Local Bristol City Council elections
- Mayoral elections
- Police and Crime Commissioner elections
Not at UK Parliamentary elections
- European Union law provides for EU citizens to vote in local and European Parliamentary elections for the member state they are resident in.
- Each member state is free to decide its own franchise rules for national Parliamentary elections and referendums.
- In the UK the British Parliamentary franchise has not been extended to other EU citizens.
There are certain circumstances where special arrangements for registration and voting need to be made.
For information about how to make sure that arrangements appropriate to your circumstances are made, please use the links below:
Apply for it
Electoral services City Hall College Green Bristol, BS1 5TR Opening Hours
Monday to Thursday, 9am to 5pm
Monday to Thursday, 9am to 5pm
Friday, 9am to 4.30pm
Members of the public should go to the main reception
Email for candidates/agents: email@example.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Work: 0117 922 3400
- Fax: 0117 922 3461