Voter registration

As part of Lancaster's online registration process, those eligible to vote in the UK can add their details to the electoral register

About Voter registration

If your permanent home address is in the UK then as a student you can go onto the electoral register both at home and at University. If you have previously registered but are moving into new accommodation, you will need to re-register.

I’m not British, can I vote?

Irish Republic or Commonwealth citizens are entitled to register and vote in all elections in Britain. Citizens of a European Union country living in the UK or a citizen of the Channel Islands or Isle of Man living in the UK are entitled to register and vote in local and European elections.


Opting out of the open register

There are two registers. Why?

Using information received from the public, registration officers keep two registers – the electoral register and the open register (also known as the edited register).


The electoral register

The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in public elections. The register is used for electoral purposes, such as making sure only eligible people can vote. It is also used for other limited purposes specified in law, such as:

• detecting crime (eg fraud)

• calling people for jury service

• checking credit applications.


The open register

The open register is an extract of the electoral register, but is not used for elections. It can be bought by any person, company or organisation. For example, it is used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details. Your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed. Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote.

You can find more information about both registers and how they may be used at