It is important that you know if you are eligible to vote and if you are to make sure you are registered to vote at your address. If you have moved house you need to Register to Vote , even if you pay Council Tax at your new property. Registering is easy - you can register online or you can call the elections office for a paper form to be posted to you. You will need your national insurance number, date of birth and address. Please follow the links below to find out more:
The electoral register is updated every month and these updates are also sent to credit reference agencies once a month. There are cut-off dates listed below so you can see the deadlines that apply to each monthly update. Most applications go through without needing evidence of identity (this is done via your national insurance number and date of birth) but sometimes ID is needed and you will be notified in writing if this applies to you.
Once your application has been accepted and no-one has objected to your application you will appear on the electoral register on the next publication date. You will be notified in writing when this happens. Please note that in the run up to an election, you will only be able to vote in that election if your name has been added to the register at least 12 working days before the election. The monthly register publication dates for 2017 are:
|Publication Date||Latest Application Date|
|Tuesday 3 January 2017||Friday 12 December 2016|
|Wednesday 1 February 2017||Tuesday 10 January 2017|
|Wednesday 1 March 2017||Tuesday 7 February 2017|
|Monday 3 April 2017||Friday 10 March 2017|
|Thursday 1 June 2017||Wednesday 10 May 2017|
|Monday 3 July 2017||Friday 9 June 2017|
|Tuesday 1 August 2017||Monday 10 July 2017|
|Friday 1 September 2017||Thursday 10 August 2017|
Every summer you will be sent a Household Enquiry Form as part of the annual canvass which takes place to ensure that the register is up-to-date. The form is a legal document that you must complete every year or you risk dropping off the electoral register. Due to annual canvass there are no monthly updates during October or November as a new register is published on 1 December each year.
There are two versions of the register - the full register and the open register. The full register is strictly controlled and can only be used for elections, detecting crime such as fraud, calling people for jury service and credit referencing. The open register is optional so you can choose not to be on it. The open register can be sold on to third parties such as businesses and charities. If you chose not to be on the open register your right to vote will not be affected. To check if you are on the open register or to opt-out please contact the elections office. You will need to opt-out again if you ever need to re-register such as when you move home.
The Returning Officer for Fareham needs people to carry out various duties at election time which is nearly always the first Thursday in May. This may involve working at a polling station which is open from 7am to 10pm, assisting with postal votes or counting ballot papers.
If you are interested in working for us at election time please complete an Application Form for Election Duties (73 KB)
Tel: 01329 824588
Fax: 01329 824505
Election Services, Fareham Borough Council, Civic Offices, Civic Way, Fareham, Hampshire PO16 7AZ
Monday to Thursday 8:45am-5:15pm and Friday 8:45am-4:45pm