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. 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 please 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 in accordance with the timetable below. The register is updated on the first working day of each month.

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.

2020 registration deadlines

Deadline for new applications Date register updated
Wednesday 11 December 2019 Thursday 2 January 2020
Friday 10 January 2020 Monday 3 February 2020
Friday 7 February 2020 Monday 2 March 2020
Tuesday 10 March 2020 Wednesday 1 April 2020
Tuesday 7 April 2020 Friday 1 May 2020
Thursday 7 May 2020 Monday 1 June 2020
Tuesday 9 June 2020 Wednesday 1 July 2020
Friday 10 July 2020 Monday 3 August 2020
Monday 10 August 2020 Tuesday 1 September 2020

When an election takes place eligible electors who have submitted a valid application up to 12 working days before polling day will be able to vote at that election.

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

2. 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.

3. 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.

If you move within Lambeth, or to Lambeth from another area, you 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 registered o 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

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: We are unable to deal with members of the public at Lambeth Town Hall until further notice. This is because council staff are working from home as part of the national response to control the coronavirus outbreak in the UK.

You can still access our service by sending your enquiry to: electoralservices@lambeth.gov.uk or by phoning our helpline on 020 7926 2254

If emailing, please ensure you provide the following information:

  • Full name and address
  • Contact phone number
  • Details about your enquiry
Write to us:
Electoral Registration Officer
London Borough of Lambeth
PO Box 734
Winchester
SO23 5DG

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.

4. Results

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

5. 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 12,193 signatures.

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6. Get in touch

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: We are unable to deal with members of the public at Lambeth Town Hall until further notice. This is because council staff are working from home as part of the national response to control the coronavirus outbreak in the UK.

You can still access our service by sending your enquiry to: electoralservices@lambeth.gov.uk or by phoning our helpline on 020 7926 2254

If emailing, please ensure you provide the following information:

  • Full name and address
  • Contact phone number
  • Details about your enquiry
Write to us:
Electoral Registration Officer
London Borough of Lambeth
PO Box 734
Winchester
SO23 5DG
Telephone: 020 7926 2254
Email: electoralservices@lambeth.gov.uk