The electoral register is a list of the names and addresses of everyone registered to vote in the Harrogate Borough Council area. This is kept in two versions the full and the open. It is important that you are registered to vote.

You need to be on the register to be able to vote, you are NOT automatically registered even if you pay council tax. It can affect your credit rating if you are not registered to vote.

The full register is used for elections, the prevention and detection of crime and checking applications for credit. It lists the names of everyone who is entitled to vote in the Harrogate Borough Council area.

The open register is available for general sale and can be used for any purpose including commercial activities such as marketing.

You can choose not to have your name showing on the open register permanently by completing the opt out form.

Who can register?

You can register if you are 17 or over (but you cannot vote until you are 18).

A British, Irish Republic or Commonwealth citizen, a citizen of a European Union country living in the UK or a citizen of the Channel Islands or Isle of Man living in the UK.

Registering to vote

You need to register at the address you are living at unless you are living overseas, in the Armed Forces or a Crown Servant. If you are a British citizen resident overseas, or in the Armed Services, or are a Crown Servant serving overseas, find out about registering to vote and voting by visiting the Electoral Commission website.

The way we all register to vote has changed

The registration system changed on 10 June 2014. The new system is called 'Individual Electoral Registration'.

How is the new system different?

  • You can now register online
  • Everyone is responsible for registering themselves. Under the old system the 'head of every household' could register everyone who lived at their address
  • 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 register online
  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. Look out for a confirmation to say you're registered

Alternatively you can request a form to be posted to you by contacting 01423 551613 or by sending an email to elect@harrogate.gov.uk

To be able to vote at any election we must receive your completed electoral registration form by the eleventh working day before the election.

Electoral enquiries

Page last updated 08/09/2017