Don't miss out on your right to vote.
There are two phases of registration each year. The annual canvass this year will take place between 2 October 2013 and the 7 February 2014. For the rest of the year a system of Rolling Registration is in place. Please see the sections below for more information.
The annual voter registration forms used to compile the new 2014 Register of Electors will be sent out to every household in the Guildford Borough Council area in early October. Please return your household form to Electoral Services as soon as possible to reach the office by 11 November at the latest. This will avoid a reminder having to be sent.
If you have previously opted out of the Edited Register (the version of the register available for marketing purposes and general sale) you will have to choose to do so again each year from now onwards if you wish to prevent your details being sold to whoever wishes to buy them. For further details please see the yellow 'IMPORTANT INFORMATION' leaflet that has been sent with the voter registration form to every household in the Borough.
The annual canvass for the Register of Electors will be carried out from October to February this year. The Register of Electors will be published on 17 February 2014 and is available for inspection only at the Council main reception desk (Edited Register) and the Electoral Services Unit (Full Register) at the council offices at the address at the bottom of this page. The Full Register can only be viewed by appointment.
Your name must appear on the Register of Electors in order for you to be able to vote at elections - the next elections will be the European Parliamentary elections on 22 May 2014.
If you live in the borough and are either a British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen, or a citizen of a member state of the European Union you are advised to inspect the register to make sure that your name is included. Please contact Electoral Services to make an appointment if you wish to inspect (under supervision) the full register. If your name is not included in the electoral register you won't be able to vote, so you'll be unable to influence the decisions that affect your daily life.
Not being registered can also affect your ability to obtain a mortgage, bank loan or credit. The credit reference agencies use the electoral register to confirm where you live.
If there are no changes to be made to your form you can either register online at www.electorregistration.co.uk/guildford or by freephone on 0808 284 1520. You will need to have your registration form with you to enter your security codes.
If you change address after the annual canvass is carried out or if your name is missing from the register, you can make a claim to have your details added after 17 February 2014. Claims will be accepted on a monthly basis. A claim to be included, or a request for the alteration of any entry must be submitted to Electoral Services at the Council offices at the address at the bottom of this page.
To receive a registration form, please contact Electoral Services using the details below.
Please note that, due to the legal deadlines involved in registration, it can take between three to six weeks for your registration to take effect. For more information, please visit the Register Dates link in the "Related pages" section on the right hand side of this page.
To be included on the register you must be either a British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen, or a citizen of a member state of the European Union. If you have any queries about your nationality or immigration status and entitlement to register, please contact Electoral Services using the details below.
As soon as you are 18 you can vote! If you are 16 or 17 now, make sure your name is included in the register of electors, otherwise you can't vote when you reach 18.
If you are a student living away from home, you are entitled to register to vote at both your home address and your term-time address. If you do decide to register at both addresses, you are only entitled to vote once in an election for any elected body (e.g. Council or Parliament).
Please note that if your home and term-time addresses are both in Guildford Borough you are only entitled to register at one address.
If you are applying for a mortgage or credit and are having problems proving that you are included in the register of electors then please contact us and we will provide a letter confirming your details - free of charge.