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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 separate process from paying council tax.
To maintain the electoral register every local authority conducts a canvass of their area every year.
After writing to every household in Bristol during the annual canvass, Bristol City Council will be publishing the updated Electoral Register on 17 February 2014.
If you have not been able to return your voter registration form back to us during the annual canvass period, or you have recently moved home, you can still register to vote using the Register to Vote Application Form. (pdf, 146 KB)(opens new window)
Please complete the form and return it to us in the post using our freepost address: Electoral Services, NAT 11762, BS1 5BR.
Remember to include your full name, nationality and signature or we will be unable to process your form.
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).
- Any person who is 18 years old and over and is a British, Commonwealth, Irish Republic or European Union member state citizen living in the Bristol area.
- Please see our list of countries that are eligible 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.
There will be European Union elections on 22 May 2014. See Future elections for more details.
We will be writing to European Union Citizens on the electoral register during February asking if you wish to vote in the UK and not in your home country for the upcoming European Election. You may complete this European Electors Form (pdf, 60 KB)(opens new window) if it is easier for you. Please return it to the Elections Team at Bristol City Council, City Hall, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TR.
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.
To find electoral registration forms in other languages visit the languages section of the about my vote website.
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 see our special arrangements for registering to vote page, which includes information for:
- Overseas voters
- Service voters
- Crown servant or as an employee of the British Council
- Prisoners on remand
- Anonymous electors
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Email: email@example.com
- Work: 0117 922 3400
- Fax: 0117 922 3461