Registering to vote if you have two
The main qualification to vote (apart from nationality and
age) is residence at an address on the relevant date. This is
either 15 October during the annual registration audit, or the date
a voter registration form is filled in during the rest of the
The definition of residence is not set out in detail in
electoral law, but it has been guided by decisions made over the
years by the courts.
The Voters List (Register of Electors) is not like the
national Census held every 10 years, which is based on where people
are on a particular day. The Electoral Registration Officer can
look backwards and forwards from 15 October to decide if someone is
resident, for electoral purposes. You do not have to be physically
present at an address on 15 October to register there.
Unlike Council Tax, you do not have to choose which is your
main residence for electoral purposes.
The courts have decided that a person can be
resident at more than one address.
However, a person's residence must have "a considerable degree
of permanence". For instance, someone who has an address in
London where they stay during the week, and an address "in the
country" where they go most weekends, can register at both those
addresses. On the other hand, if someone has an address which they
only visit occasionally during the year, they would probably not be
eligible to register there.
Each individual case is different, and you may wish to speak
to Electoral Team for more guidance.
Convenience or "care of" addresses
We do hear of cases where people register at, say, their
parental home (although they do not live there) because they move
address quite frequently. This is wrong; people should register
where they actually live. You may wish to speak to Electoral Team
for more guidance.
The courts have specifically decided that students can
register at both their home and term-time addresses. You may wish
to speak to Electoral Team for more guidance.
Although people can register at more than one address,
it is illegal to vote more than once at the same election,
such as a General Election.
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