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.

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1. South Bank and Waterloo Neighbourhood Planning Referendums

Two Neighbourhood Planning Referendums will take place on Thursday 24 October 2019 to decide whether the London Boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark should use the Neighbourhood Plan for South Bank and Waterloo to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area.

A referendum for residential voters will take place alongside a separate referendum for business voters within the designated referendum area.

The referendum and neighbourhood plan area cover a large part of Bishop’s ward in London Borough of Lambeth as well as parts of St George’s and Borough and Bankside wards in London Borough of Southwark.

Eligible named business voters and residential electors within the referendum area will be able to vote. To be able to vote at this referendum you must be eligible to vote at UK local elections.

The deadline for electors to register to vote at the residential election is Tuesday 8 October 2019.

If you are already registered to vote as a residential elector you do not need to register again. If you are not currently registered to vote you should submit an online application by visiting the GOV.UK website.

All businesses included in the initial lists of non-domestic ratepayers provided to the Business Registration Officer by Lambeth and Southwark Councils have been sent an invitation to register.

The deadline for submitting business registration and voting choices forms is 5pm, Wednesday 9 October 2019.

Key dates

Date: Thursday 19 September 2019
Referendum Type: Both
Event: Notice of Referendum

Date: Friday 27 September 2019
Referendum Type: Business
Event: Publication of business voting register

Date: Friday 4 October 2019
Referendum Type: Both
Event: Postal ballots sent to registered postal voters (as at 27 September 2019)

Date: Tuesday 8 October 2019
Referendum Type: Residential
Event: Registration deadline

Date: Wednesday 9 October 2019 (5pm)
Referendum Type: Business
Event: Business registration deadline (both registration and voting choices forms) and the deadline for notification of change of named voter

Date: Wednesday 9 October 2019 (5pm)
Referendum Type: Residential
Event: Deadline for new postal voting applications and making changes to existing postal and proxy votes

Date: Friday 11 October 2019
Referendum Type: Both
Event: Second dispatch of postal votes (sent to voters registered for postal voting between 28 September and 5pm on 9 October 2019)

Date: Wednesday 16 October 2019
Referendum Type: Residential
Event: Deadline for new proxy voting applications

Date: Thursday 17 October 2019
Referendum Type: Business
Event: Second publication of business voting register

Date: Friday 18 October 2019
Referendum Type: Both
Event: First day for reissues for lost/spoilt postal ballots

Date: Thursday 24 October 2019
Referendum Type: Both
Event: Polling Day

Further information can be found on Lambeth’s Planning Team web pages at South Bank and Waterloo Neighbourhood Plan and referendum..

2. 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.

2019 registration deadlines

Deadline for new applications Date register updated
Tuesday 11 December 2018 Wednesday 2 January 2019
Thursday 10 January 2019 Friday 1 February 2019
Thursday 7 February 2019 Friday 1 March 2019
Friday 8 March 2019 Monday 1 April 2019
Tuesday 9 April 2019 Wednesday 1 May 2019
Friday 10 May 2019 Sunday 3 June 2019
Friday 7 June 2019 Monday 1 July 2019
Wednesday 10 July 2019 Thursday 1 August 2019
Friday 9 August 2019 Monday 2 September 2019
Monday 9 September 2019 Tuesday 1 October 2019
Thursday 10 October 2019 Friday 1 November 2019
Friday 22 November 2019 Monday 1 December 2019

When an election takes place eligible electors who have submitted a valid application up to 11 working days before polling day will be able to vote at that election.

Registration dates are set in law. Information cannot be published early

3. 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.

4. 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.

Full 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

Lambeth Town Hall
2 Brixton Hill
London SW2 1RW

Open register

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.

Find more information about both registers and how they may be used

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.

5. Results

See results to elections held in Lambeth, including local, European, Greater London and general elections.

6. 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 11,235 signatures.

Petition for Elected Mayor Notice 2019

7. Get in touch

Electoral Services
Lambeth Town Hall
2 Brixton Hill
London SW2 1RW
Telephone: 020 7926 2254
Email: electoralservices@lambeth.gov.uk