Register to vote
The next county council elections will take place in May 2025.
There will be a By-election in the Burnley Central West electoral division on Thursday 26 October 2023, and the deadline to register to vote is Tuesday 10 October 2023.
Who is eligible to vote
You can register to vote if you are:
- 16 years old or over, and either
- a British citizen
- an Irish, EU or qualifying Commonwealth citizen
You are only eligible to vote from the age of 18 and only if you are registered on the electoral register.
The electoral register
The electoral register is maintained by your district council. It contains a list of the names and addresses of all those people eligible to vote. You can add your name or change your details throughout the year.
Register to vote
You can only vote if your name is on the register of electors. If you would like to check that you are registered, please contact your local district council.
If you haven’t voted for a while, or have changed your name or address, you may not be registered to vote.
It's quick and easy to register to vote online.
Support available to help you register to vote
If you require support to help you to register to vote, you can visit your local library. Our staff will be available to help you access the website and apply.
Support will also be given to help you complete the Voter Authority Certificate. An appointment may be required - please check with your local library.
Voter ID for elections
Voters will need to show an accepted form of photographic identification (photo ID) to vote at a polling station.
Photo ID required
Most people will already have ID. The list of ID is here:
- Passport issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, a British Overseas Territory, an EEA state or a Commonwealth country
- Photo Driving Licence issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, or an EEA state
- A Blue Badge
- Older Person's Bus Pass
- Disabled Person's Bus Pass
- Oyster 60+ Card
- Freedom Pass
- Identity card bearing the Proof of Age Standards Scheme hologram (a PASS card)
- Biometric immigration document
- Ministry of Defence Form 90 (Defence Identity Card)
- National identity card issued by an EEA state
You will only need to show one form of photo ID. It needs to be the original version and not a photocopy.
You can still use your photo ID if it's out of date, as long as it looks like you. The name on your ID should be the same name you used to register to vote.
For more information on what types of ID are accepted visit the Electoral Commission - Accepted forms of photo ID.
Apply for a Voter Authority Certificate
If you don't have any of the photo ID listed above, you will need to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate.
You will need to provide other documents to confirm your identity. You will be able to apply online or complete a paper form.
Full details on how to apply is now available on Electoral Commission - Voter ID.