Registering to vote
The council is responsible for preparing the Register of Electors for West Lancashire.
You can only vote in elections if your name is on the register of electors, being registered can also improve your credit rating. To find out more go to the electoral register.
Individual Elector Registration (IER)
Electoral registration changed in June 2014. Each person is now responsible for registering themselves. You can register online (external link).
You now need to provide a few more details to register - including your national insurance number and date of birth.
The changes makes the Electoral Register more secure.
You can register to vote from the age of 16 but you cannot vote in any elections until you are 18 years of age.
Between December and September the electoral register is updated each month. You can contact the Electoral Services Office to find out exactly when your details will be added. Contact 01695 585014 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
There are special rules about names being added to the electoral register during an election period.
If you have moved recently
If you have moved recently you will need to re-resgister. The easiest way to register is online register to vote online (external link).
If you have moved from another borough and have just registered, we will also tell the Electoral Registration Officer for your old address that you have moved, so that your name can be removed from that register. People who live at two homes (including students) are allowed to register at both. If you do not want to be removed from your other address please explain why on your form
Public servants posted overseas
There are separate registration services for public servants, their spouses and civil partners who are likely to be posted overseas.
If you are a member of the Armed Forces, a Crown servant, a British Council employee, or a spouse or registered civil partner you can register to vote online (external link).
British citizens living overseas
If you are a British citizen living abroad, you can apply to be an overseas voter (external link).
Under current laws British citizens living abroad can register to vote in Parliamentary elections for a period of 15 years after their name last appeared on the electoral register. This kind of registration is renewed annually. We will write to remind electors 3 months prior to their renewal date.
Citizens of EU countries outside the UK and Republic of Ireland
EU citizens can vote in local elections and European Parliamentary elections, except for citizens of the Republic of Ireland, Cyprus and Malta who are eligible to vote in all elections.
To vote in European Parliamentary elections in the UK rather than your home country you must also have filled in an additional form. If you are unsure please check with the elections office, tel 01695 585014 or email email@example.com