National, local and European elections take place in Lambeth, so it's important that you register to vote and keep your details up-to-date on the electoral register to ensure you don't lose your vote.
Registering to vote is required by law and everyone is responsible for registering themselves.
If your enquiry is urgent, please call the Lambeth Electoral Services helpline on 020 7926 2254 as soon as possible.
Sections in this guide (click title to view)
- 1. Local Elections 3 May 2018
- 2. Household Notification Letter 2018
- 3. Register to vote
- 4. Voting by post or by proxy (someone else voting on your behalf)
- 5. The electoral register
- 6. Official election notices
- 7. Results
- 8. Petition for mayoral referendum
- 9. Get in touch
1. Local Elections 3 May 2018
Local Council Elections will take place across England on Thursday 3 May 2018.
Elections will be held to elect 63 ward councillors representing 21 wards for the London Borough of Lambeth. Each ward is represented by three councillors.
The deadline to register to vote at this election is Tuesday 17 April 2018
You can add your name to the register online at the voter registration website
|Deadline for registration||Tuesday 17 April|
|Deadline for receipt of new postal vote applications||5pm Wednesday 18 April|
|Deadline for receipt of changes to existing postal and proxy vote arrangements||5pm Wednesday 18 April|
|Deadline for receipt of new proxy vote applications||5pm, Wednesday 25 April|
|First day to apply for replacement postal ballot papers (lost or spoilt)||Friday 27 April|
|Polling day||Thursday 3 May, 7am to 10pm|
|Last day to apply for replacement postal ballot papers (lost or spoilt)||5pm, Thursday 3 May|
2. Household Notification Letter 2018
We have sent “Confirmation of Voter Registration 2018” letters (also called Household Notification Letters) to all residential addresses in the borough, confirming who appears on the electoral register at each address.
This will help residents ensure correct information is on the electoral register for the Borough Council Elections taking place on Thursday 3 May 2018 and any other elections or referendums which may be called.
If the details printed on the letter are correct, you do not need to do anything – please DO NOT send the form back.
Voter details for most households will be correct and residents will not need to update their information. However, if any changes need to be made, please follow the instructions on the letter and below.
How to add a name to the register
All British, Irish, Commonwealth and European Union citizens aged 16 years or over can register to vote.
You cannot be added to the electoral register without completing an individual registration application. Anyone who lives at the address and who is eligible to vote but not listed on the letter should visit the voter registration website to apply.
Applicants will need to supply their National Insurance number and date of birth when making their application.
Informing other council departments does not update the electoral register. You should apply to be registered immediately, as the process can take several weeks.
How to remove a name from the register
If there are names listed of people that are no longer at this address:
Visit householdresponse.com/lambeth and follow the instructions (you will need to use Part 1 and Part 2 of the security code printed on the confirmation letter).
Please note that we require two sources of information to confirm that someone no longer lives at an address. Therefore we may need to carry out a review process to completely remove their name from the electoral register.
If your name name or nationality has changed
For example, you have changed your name by deed poll, civil partnership or marriage or have become a British citizen. Please visit householdresponse.com/lambeth and amend occupant details when prompted. You will need both parts of the security code printed on the confirmation letter.
Let us know if you have moved
You should apply to register to vote at your new address as soon as you move by visiting the voter registration website. When completing your application please ensure you provide your previous address when prompted so that your details can be removed from the register at your old address.
I don’t believe I am eligible to vote, do I need to take any action?
If you are not eligible (for example due to your nationality, age or residential status) and your name is not listed on the confirmation letter you do not need to take any further action.
Once I’ve let you know I am resident, am I automatically registered?
No, you cannot be added to the register without also completing an individual registration application. The quickest way to get registered is by going online at the voter registration website.
I have received an ‘Invitation To Register’ paper form. Do I need to complete and return this form?
The quickest way to register is by visiting the voter registration website. If you complete an online registration application you do not also need to return the paper form.
To apply for a postal vote
If you would like to apply for a postal vote please visit yourvotematters.co.uk. In order to vote by post at the Borough Council Elections on Thursday 3 May 2018 we must receive your correctly completed application by 5pm Wednesday 18 April 2018.
If you would like to cancel or change your existing postal vote
If you wish to cancel an existing postal vote you must inform us in writing. Please scan and email a copy of your signed correspondence to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want to change your postal vote (for example, you would like it sent to an address other than your registration address) you will need to make a new application by visiting yourvotematters.co.uk to download a new application form.
If you are unable to email us a copy of your letter or completed application form you can send it by post to the address below:
London Borough Of Lambeth
2 Brixton Hill
London, SW2 1RW
In order to cancel or change your postal vote for the Borough Council Elections on Thursday 3 May 2018 we must receive your signed notification or completed application by 5pm, Wednesday 18 April 2018
3. Register to vote
You must be on the electoral register to be able to vote. You can add your name to the register online at the voter registration website. To check whether you’re registered to vote contact electoral services.
Can anyone register to vote in Lambeth?
No. Only the following people can register to vote:
- British or qualifying Commonwealth citizens. This means Commonwealth citizens who have leave to remain in the UK or do not require such leave.
- Citizens of the Republic of Ireland or other European Union (EU) member states.
You must be over 18 years old to vote. However, you can register if you are 16 or 17. Your name will be shown with the date of your eighteenth birthday, after which you will be able to vote in elections in the borough.
How long does registration take?
Once you complete the application to register to vote we will send the details to central government for verification. When your details are verified we will be able to confirm your entry on the register.
Your details will be officially published on the register according to the determination date (see below). The register is updated on the first working day of each month. If your registration details cannot be verified we may contact you to request further evidence of your identity, which may delay your registration.
See deadlines to submit an application on the table below. If your application is verified by the determination date (six working days after the deadline for new applications), your details will officially appear on the register on the relevant new published register date.
If your registration details cannot be verified we may contact you to request further evidence of your identity.
Once your details are officially published on the register you will receive a confirmation letter.
2018 registration deadlines
|Deadline for new applications||Date Register Updated|
|Monday 11 December 2017||Tuesday 2 January 2018|
|Wednesday 10 January 2018||Thursday 1 February 2018|
|Wednesday 7 February 2018||Thursday 1 March 2018|
|Monday 12 March 2018||Tuesday 3 April 2018|
|Monday 9 April 2018||Tuesday 1 May 2018|
|Thursday 10 May 2018||Friday 1 June 2018|
|Friday 8 June 2018||Monday 2 July 2018|
|Tuesday 10 July 2018||Wednesday 1 August 2018|
|Friday 10 August 2018||Monday 3 September 2018|
Registration dates are set in law. Information cannot be published early
4. Voting by post or by proxy (someone else voting on your behalf)
The current rules to prevent fraud and misuse of postal votes mean we have to collect a specimen signature and a personal identifier from each person applying for a postal vote. The personal identifier is your date of birth.
This information must be supplied on an official postal vote application form and will be used to match and verify your returned postal vote at election time.
If you are unable to vote in person, you can also apply to vote by proxy (someone else voting on your behalf).
You can download the application forms to vote by post or proxy from the link below. If you would prefer an application form to be posted to you please contact the electoral services team directly by email or telephone.
5. The electoral register
The electoral register is the list of everyone in the borough who is registered to vote. You can only vote if your name is on the register. We update the register every autumn through our annual canvass - the 2017 register was published on 1 December 2016.
If you move within Lambeth or to Lambeth from another area you will also need to complete a new registration.
We do not use records from other council departments to update the register (though we may use that information to contact you and invite you to register). For example, you may be registered for council tax but this does not automatically put you on the register of electors.
Our electoral registration officer must keep two versions of the electoral register: the Full Register and the Open Register.
The Full Register lists everyone who is entitled to vote.
By law, only certain people and organisations can have copies of the full register and they can only use it for specified purposes. These include electoral purposes, the prevention and detection of crime and checking your identity when you have applied for credit.
The full list of these persons and purposes is given in the Representation of the People (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2002. It is a criminal offence for them to pass the Full Register on or use it for any other purpose.
You can check this register by visiting the Electoral Services office in Lambeth Town Hall
2 Brixton Hill
London SW2 1RW
The open register is an extract of the electoral register, but is not used for elections. It can be bought by any person, company or organisation. For example, it is used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details. Your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed. Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote.
You can permanently opt out of the open register by completing our online form.
Changes to electoral registration in Britain
From 10 June 2014 new rules came in to force regarding registering to vote.
Under the new Individual Electoral Registration (IER) rules you will need to provide identifying information, such as your date of birth and national insurance number, when applying to register and your application will need to be verified before you are added to the register. Anyone unable to supply this information would be able to provide an alternative form of evidence of their identity.
6. Official election notices
See results to elections held in Lambeth, including local, European, Greater London and general elections.
8. Petition for mayoral referendum
The law states that a petition containing the signatures of more than 5 per cent of the local government electorate can require the local authority to hold a referendum on whether or not the council should have a directly elected mayor. That currently equates to 11,231 signatures.