Register to vote

The register of electors (sometimes called the 'electoral roll') is a list of everyone who is registered to vote in Oldham.

Check if you are registered to vote

You can check if you are on the register at:

To request a letter of confirmation, please send a cheque for £20 made payable to Oldham Council to the Elections Office (or you can bring the cheque into the Elections Office).

Are you eligible to register?

  • You must be resident at an address.
  • You have to be 18 or over.
  • You must be a British, qualifying Commonwealth, Irish or other European Union citizen.

Overseas electors

Overseas electors are allowed to vote in British Parliamentary and European Parliamentary Elections only.

European Union Citizens are allowed to vote in European Parliamentary and Local Elections only.

Overseas electors include:

  • British citizens living abroad
  • Members of HM Forces and their spouses
  • Crown servants employed outside the United Kingdom
  • European Union Citizens

Members of the armed services

If you’re based overseas or think you may be posted overseas in the next year, you should register as a Service Voter, as this allows you to register at a fixed address in the UK even if you move around.

Registering and updating details

Individual Electoral Registration (IER)

The way you register to vote has changed.  

Each member of your household must now register individually.

To register you will need to provide your National Insurance number and date of birth as evidence of identity.

You can register to vote online or update your details on the electoral register:

What happens after you register?

Oldham Council’s electoral register has been compared with records held by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).  

If your details match you will not be asked to provide any further information, you will receive a letter confirming your status on the register and your name will be included on the new register published on 1 December 2014.

During the autumn of 2014, properties where no electors are registered or where there are ‘un-matched’ electors on the register will receive a ‘Household Enquiry Form’ or an ‘Invitation to Register’ for each existing elector.  

This will allow us to make sure that everyone who is entitled to register is included on the register from December 2014.  

About the register 

The Electoral Registration Service produces and maintains the register of people in the District who are entitled to vote in all local and parliamentary elections.

You can only vote in elections if your name is on the register of electors.

The Electoral Registration Officer makes and keeps two versions of the electoral register - the electoral register and the open register.

The Electoral Register

The full register lists everyone who is entitled to vote.

You can check it by calling at the Elections Office at the Civic Centre in Oldham.

Anyone can look at it, but it is a criminal offence to give, or use, copies of it for purposes other than those set down in law.

You can see more information on the About My Vote website.

We use the full register to show who can vote in elections and referendums.

It is also used for other limited purposes specified in law, such as:-

  • detecting crime (e.g. fraud) 
  • calling people for jury service 
  • checking credit applications (only to verify your name and address)

The Open or Edited Register

The Open Register is an extract of the electoral register, but is not used for elections. 

The Open Register leaves out the names and addresses of people who have asked for them to be excluded from this version of the register.

The Open Register can be bought by anyone who asks for a copy and they may use it for any purpose.

When registering, you must indicate whether or not you wish your name to be excluded from the Open Register.

You can request to be removed or added to the open register by completing the 'Remove or add your details to the open register' form.

Removing your details from the Open or Edited Register does not affect your right to vote.


Our privacy impact assessment is an assessment of the privacy risks to individuals as part of the collection, use and disclosure of information under Individual Electoral Registration.

Elections Office
Oldham Council
West Street
Oldham, OL1 1UL
Tel 0161 770 4718