How to register to vote as an LGBT person or ally
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How to register to vote as an LGBT person or ally

Whether you’re LGBT or an ally, make the most of your vote and take a few minutes to check that you're registered.

Call on all candidates to support strong, open and inclusive communities, where every lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) person is accepted without exception and #ComeOutVoting for LGBT equality.

Please be aware that you do not require photo ID to vote.

Register to vote now.

Last general election, nearly a third of people who could vote, didn’t. That’s over 14 million people who could have voted. Imagine the difference it would make if we all used our vote to support LGBT equality.

Make sure you're registered to vote and have your say on the future of our society. It’s easy to register and there are different options to suit you.

The deadline to register is 26 November. But you might need to provide extra information before you register, especially for a postal vote, so register soon to guarantee your vote.

Why not host a voter registration drive in your community, or with an LGBT group you're part of? The LGBT Foundation have published a step-by-step guide to hosting a registration drive.

Am I already registered?

If you voted at the last election, you should already be registered. But if you’re not sure then enter your postcode to find your local electoral registration office. They can confirm whether you’re registered to vote.

If you’ve changed address, name or nationality since you registered, then you must register again.

You can find extra advice for trans voters, people who want to vote anonymously, those without a fixed or permanent address and anyone in Northern Ireland at the end of this page.

You can find the easy-read guide to registering to vote

How do I register?

Find your National Insurance number and – if you’re a British citizen living abroad – your passport. Take a few minutes to register.

You can also register to vote by sending off a form via the post, rather than using the online form. 

You can find extra advice for trans voters, people who can't make it to the polling station on election day, people who want to vote anonymously, those without a fixed or permanent address and anyone in Northern Ireland at the end of this page.

Unsure who to vote for?

Only you can decide. You can find out more about your local candidates and what they stand for on the easy-to-use Democracy Club website – you can also find your nearest polling station on the site.

There might be hustings in your local area, where candidates discuss their views. You can find out where these are happening by following your candidates on social media.

Don’t let registering to vote slip to the bottom of your to-do list. Get it out of the way so that you can have your say, and support LGBT equality in this election.

If you still have questions about your registration, you can contact your local electoral registration office. 

Would you like a reminder to vote?

Sign our petition to show your support for LGBT equality and receive a reminder to vote. 

At a time when we’re at risk of being more and more divided, call on all parties and candidates to support our manifesto. Ask them to protect what we’ve already achieved and to keep pushing forward on LGBT rights.

I can't vote in this election.

You can find out more about who can vote in a general election.

If you can’t vote in this election, you can still call on politicians to support LGBT equality.

Sign our petition now. 

Advice for trans voters

Some trans people encounter problems when registering to vote. You may not appear on the electoral register, or have trouble registering online, if you have:

  • Changed your name by deed poll
  • Informed HMRC of your trans status 
  • Obtained a Gender Recognition Certificate and your National Insurance number was protected

First, check if you're on the register, and if you’re not, try to register online – do this as soon as possible to give as much time before the registration deadline, 26 November, as you can.

If the form will not work for you, contact your local electoral registration office to rectify the problem – you do not have to disclose your trans status, and you are entitled to have all documents you share kept confidential.

If you have a Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC) and you want the restricted status taken off your NI number, you can write to HMRC to request this. You can write to HMRC or contact them by phone.

HMRC contact details: 

HMRC

Special Section D

Room BP9207

Benton Park View

Newcastle upon Tyne

NE98 1ZZ

Tel: 0191 225 7123 

Tips for contacting the Electoral Registration Office:

When you call ask for the phone number or email address of the person responsible for the administration of the electoral roll. You may need to state that you have a sensitive matter to discuss regarding voter registration but do not feel pressured to disclose your trans status or your dead name on the phone if you do not want to.

When you have the contact details for the administrator contact them directly explaining briefly that you are eligible to vote but wish to vote under your name or that your National Insurance number is protected.

Under current systems, you may be asked to provide further evidence to be able to use your correct name while voting. This may include showing a deed poll, a driving license or passport with your correct name on it, or a utility bill (like the gas or electricity bill) or bank statement with your correct name and the address you wish to be registered at.

Explain that you are entitled to have your trans status kept confidential as well as any scanned documents you provide kept confidential.

We can advise you on this process. You can contact Stonewall’s information service on our website or call us on 0800 0502020. 

Tell the Electoral Commission

Unfortunately, the current problems are due to a registration system which was not designed with trans people in mind. The best way to change this is to contact the Electoral Commission about your experience or difficulties in registering to vote and urge them to review their policies and procedures.

What if I can’t make it to the polling station on election day?

If you can’t vote in person because for example you are away, working or disabled – there are two options available to you.

Someone else can vote on your behalf.

You can nominate someone you trust to vote on your behalf. You can ask anyone to act as your proxy, if they are registered to vote and it’s for a type of election that they’re allowed to vote in.

Usually, if you choose to vote by proxy, you must send off an application form at least six working days before the election.

Choose the proxy form that applies to you and send it to your local electoral registration office

You can vote by post. 

Anyone can apply to vote by post – you don’t have to give a reason. 

Choose the postal form that applies to you and send it to your local electoral registration office

How to vote anonymously

Everyone who registers to vote is recorded on the electoral register. There are two versions of the electoral register - the full version and the ‘open register’ (‘edited register’ in Northern Ireland).

You can opt out of the open register. This is the version of the register that’s available to anyone who wants to buy a copy.

You can register to vote anonymously or opt out of the open register

Register without a fixed or permanent address

You can still register to vote if you don't have a fixed address in the UK.

You can register to vote even if you are homeless or don’t have a fixed address. You can use the address of somewhere you spend a lot of your time, like a day centre or night shelter, a friend’s place or somewhere outdoors. Crisis has more information on registering to vote without a fixed address.

Register online here, or if you can’t provide your NI number and date of birth you may have to contact your electoral registration office. 

You can also download a register-to-vote form and post it to your local authority.

Voters in Northern Ireland can now register online, but still require a different register to vote form for paper registrations.

Register in Northern Ireland

If you live in Northern Ireland, you can still use this online form to register to vote.

If you are registering to vote by proxy or post in Northern Ireland, there are different processes.You can find information about voting by post or proxy in Northern Ireland.