No update pack? You're not ready to vote.

Media releases 2016 Local Elections

If you didn’t get an enrolment update pack in the mail last week, you need to update your enrolment details now.

“Last week we sent out update packs to all enrolled voters, to help us make sure that the electoral rolls are accurate before this year’s local elections,” says Robert Peden, Chief Electoral Officer. “If you didn’t get a pack by today, you are not ready to vote, and you need to enrol.”

Local elections are held by postal vote, and voting papers can only be sent to those who are correctly enrolled.

“If you received your pack, all you need to do is check that your details are right. If they are correct, that’s great, you will get your voting papers sent to you in the mail in September,” says Mr Peden. “And if you got a pack for someone not at your address, cross it out and pop it back in the post so we can update our records.”

"If any of your details need updating, make the changes on the form and send it back in the enclosed return envelope."

Enrolling or updating enrolment details is easy, and involves simply filling in a new enrolment form. These are available online at, or by calling 0800 36 76 56, freetexting your name and address to 3676, or visiting any PostShop.

Voting in the local elections is by postal vote. Everyone correctly enrolled by Friday 12 August 2016 will be sent their voting papers by their local council electoral officer.

Those enrolling after 12 August will need to cast a special vote, and will need to contact their local council for voting papers.

“Enrolling by August 12 is the easiest way for you to have your say in the local elections,” says Mr Peden.