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Elections - how to register

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Registering for Elections in Exeter

To be eligible to vote in elections in Exeter you must be included on the Electoral Register.

The way we all register to vote has changed

The registration system changed in June 2014. The new system is called 'Individual Electoral Registration'.

How is the new system different?

1. You can now register online at

2. Everyone is responsible for registering themselves. Under the old system the 'head of every household' could register everyone who lived at their address.

3. You need to provide a few more details to register - including your national insurance number and date of birth. This makes the electoral register more secure.

How do I register under the new system?

1. Go to

2. Fill in your name, address, date of birth and a few other details. You'll also need your national insurance number, which can be found on your national insurance card, or in official paperwork such as payslips, or letters about benefits or tax credits.

3. If you would prefer to receive a form in the post, please contact Electoral Services on 01392 265141 or

4. To find out more about the new system go to

Look out for a confirmation to say you're registered.

If you change your name please contact the office for advice.

 Please note that changes notified to other departments at Exeter City council will not update the Electoral Register.

Eligible persons

People who can register are anyone who is 18 years old or more and is a British, Irish or Commonwealth citizen (who are entitled to vote at any election) or a European national (who are entitled to vote at local elections and can vote at European Parliamentary elections subject to completion of a further form). For eligible nationalities see pdf icon Eligible Nationalities [80kb]

For information in other languages see About my Vote

For information in audio and large print formats see About My Vote

Number of electors

To view the number of electors in Exeter Parliamentary Constituency, Exeter City Wards and Devon County Council Divisions see Electoral registration statistics 2014

The electoral registers

On the 1st December each year, two versions of the electoral register will be produced - the full register and the edited register. The full register contains the names and addresses of everyone eligible to vote and copies are available for public inspection, under supervision, at the Civic Centre, Paris Street and at the Reference Library, Castle Street. Your name and address will automatically appear on the full register, but you can choose whether or not your details appear on the open register by ticking the box on the canvass or registration form. 

Only certain organisations are allowed to have copies of the full register. It can only be used for: electoral purposes, crime prevention and detection, and vetting of applicants for credit. It is a criminal offence to use it for any unauthorised purpose or to pass it on to anyone else. The open register is available for general sale and can be used for any lawful purpose, including commercial activities such as marketing. It excludes the names and addresses of people who have opted out by ticking a box on the registration form.

Anyone who is registered to vote is also eligible to apply for a postal vote, either as a permanent arrangement or for a fixed period of time.


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