Elections - Frequently Asked Questions

1.   How do I register to vote?

Your name needs to be included on the electoral register in order for you to vote in a Parliamentary, European or Local Election. The electoral register is the list of everyone who is registered to vote. You are not automatically registered, even if you pay Council Tax.


There are two versions of the register - the full version and the edited version. Your details will appear on the full version of the register, but you can choose whether or not your details appear on the edited register. The full register is used for elections, preventing and detecting crime, and checking applications for credit. The edited register is available for general sale and can be used for commercial activities such as marketing.

You can register to vote at any time. If you are not registered, you have moved house or your name has changed you need to fill in a 'Register to vote form' and follow the steps below:

Download the form:

 icon Voter Registration Form.pdf (39.83k)
Last modified: 06/12/2012 15:19:50

  • Fill in the form
  • Remember to sign the 'declaration'
  • Return the Form to us at the following address:

    The Elections Office
    Redcar and Cleveland House
    Kirkleatham Street
    Redcar
    TS10 1RT


Register as soon as you can. It may be too late once an election has been announced, as it usually takes up to 7 weeks to add your details.


2.   Can I view the register?

The edited register is available for general sale and can be used for commercial activities such as marketing.


You are able to view the full register by calling the helpline number (01642) 444410 and making an appointment. The cost to purchase the Edited version of the register is as follows (Costings are correct at 1st December 2008):

  • Data format £20 plus £1.50 per 1000 Electors
    or remaining part of 1000
  • Printed format £10 plus £5.00 per 1000 Electors
    or remaining part of 1000

3.   What is a postal vote?

A postal vote is where you fill in your ballot paper and post it back to us rather than visit a traditional polling station on election day. Your ballot papers will be sent to you in good time and you will be able to vote at home over a number of days leading up to election day.


You must remember to post your vote back to us in time for it to be received and processed. It will then be included in the count on election day itself.

Anyone can make an application for a postal vote, and you do not have to wait until an election has been announced. Simply fill in the postal vote application form by following the steps below:

Download the form:

 icon Application to Vote by Post.pdf (34.58k)
Last modified: 06/12/2012 15:21:59

  • Fill in the form
  • Remember to sign the 'declaration'
  • Return the Form to us at the following address:

    The Elections Office
    Redcar and Cleveland House
    Kirkleatham Street
    Redcar
    TS10 1RT


4.   Who pays for elections?

The cost of running Parliamentary and European Parliamentary elections are usually fully funded by central government as long as the expenditure is in line with the fees and charges which are authorised. Local parish elections are funded by the parish themselves but local elections, including local By elections, are paid for by the local authority. The Electoral Commission has introduced a new requirement for reporting expenditure on electoral registration and elections.

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12/04/2013

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