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.

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
  • if you don't know your national insurance number, you can still register to vote. We would then request to see evidence of your identity such as your passport or drivers licence in order to verify your application. If you have any questions on registering to vote or would like assistance, please email [email protected]

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 [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.

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