Electoral register

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. Please contact us using the enquiries form below.

Electoral enquiries

Who can register?

You can register if you are 16 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.

How can I find out if I am registered to vote?

Please submit your name, address and email so we can check the register and get back to you.

Am I registered to vote

Viewing the electoral register

If you wish to inspect the electoral register please make an appointment by calling 01423 500600. Please note appointments are 30 minute slots Monday until Friday at 9.30am to 4.30pm at the Civic Centre, St Lukes Avenue, Harrogate HG1 2AE.

When you come to view the register you can make handwritten notes. Copies cannot be made and photographs cannot be taken.

The register is printed in address order per each electoral ward. It is not possible to search the electoral register by name.

How do I register to vote?

  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. If you don’t have a National Insurance number, you can email a copy of a form of photo ID (for example a passport or driving license) to [email protected]
  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 500600 or by sending an email to [email protected]

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

Updates to the electoral register are published each month between January and September, if you are making a new application the deadlines to apply in order to be added to the next monthly update can be viewed below:

Date the updates to the register are published - Monday 4 January 2021
Last date for applications [i] - Friday 11 December 2020

Date the updates to the register are published - Monday 1 February 2021
Last date for applications [i] - Friday 8 January 2021

Date the updates to the register are published - Monday 1 March 2021
Last date for applications [i] - Friday 5 February 2021

Date the updates to the register are published - Thursday 1 April 2021
Last date for applications [i] - Wednesday 10 March 2021

Date the updates to the register are published - Tuesday 4 May 2021
Last date for applications [i] - Monday 12 April 2021

Date the updates to the register are published - Tuesday 1 June 2021
Last date for applications [i] - Monday 10 May 2021

Date the updates to the register are published - Thursday 1 July 2021
Last date for applications [i] - Wednesday 9 June 2021

Date the updates to the register are published - Monday 2 August 2021
Last date for applications [i] - Friday 9 July 2021

Date the updates to the register are published - Wednesday 1 September 2021
Last date for applications [i] - Tuesday 10 August 2021

Date the updates to the register are published - Friday 1 October 2021
Last date for applications [i] - Thursday 9 September 2021

Date the updates to the register are published - Monday 1 November 2021
Last date for applications [i] - Friday 8 October 2021

[i] The last date for applications is calculated by leaving five clear working days before the determination deadline for objections to registration (in effect this is six working days before the determination deadline). This is because regulation 29(4) of the Representation of the People (England and Wales) Regulations 2001 provides that there is a period of five clear working days for objections, starting the day after the day on which the application is entered in the list of applications. Only when those five clear working days have passed can a determination be made. These are ‘working days’ because of regulation 8(2).

Publication of verification number

How is my personal data processed?

Please read our privacy notice. This outlines how your personal information is processed and who it is shared with.

Electoral enquiries