Electoral registration - Frequently asked questions

When will my application be added to the electoral register?

If your application is valid and not subject to any objections we will write to tell you when you will be added to the electoral register.

Who can register?

You must be:

  • over 16 (but you cannot vote until your 18th birthday)
  • a British or Commonwealth citizen
  • a citizen of the Irish Republic or of another European Union state

What happens if I’m a European Union citizen?

EU citizens (other than citizens of Britain or the Irish Republic) can only vote at local elections.  If you are not a citizen of Britain, the Commonwealth or the Irish Republic you must complete a separate form to vote at European Parliamentary elections here in West Lindsey.

What if I’m not able to vote in person?

Anyone can now apply to vote by post.  You may download a postal vote application form in adobe pdf format.   If you are blind or disabled or will be away from home during an election, you can apply for someone to vote for you.  You can download a proxy application form in Adobe PDF format or contact electoral services section  for further information.

How do I find out if my name is on the electoral register?

Copies of the full register are available to inspect at the Guildhall, Marshall’s Yard, Gainsborough, Lincs DN21 2NA.  Alternatively contact the electoral services section .

Do I have to let you know if I move?

No, it is completely up to you.  If you don’t let us know you will still have a vote at your old address.  However, the annual registration update is compulsory.

I have informed the Council Tax section that I have moved why can’t you update the electoral register as well?

We are sorry but the regulations state that you must either contact our Electoral Services team or complete an online electoral registration application form.

What if I change my name?

The online electoral registration form can be used to update the register with your new name.

Electoral Services

West Lindsey District Council
Guildhall, Marshall’s Yard
DN21 2NA

Email: Ereg@west-lindsey.gov.uk