The Electoral Commission

The independent body which oversees elections and regulates political finance in the UK

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I have two homes. Can I register to vote at both addresses?

You can only register to vote in your local area if you reside at an address in that area.

How do I know if I reside at an address?

Whether or not you reside at an address is not defined in law. Residence is understood to mean a “considerable degree of permanence”.

This means a person with two homes who spends the same amount of time in each can legally register at both addresses.

It is unlikely that merely owning a second home that is used for recreation would be enough to qualify you to register to vote in that area. Simply paying council tax on a second home would also not be enough.

Who makes the decision?

It is for the local Electoral Registration Officer to decide whether you can be said to be resident at an address, and are therefore eligible to register. Each case should be considered on its own merits.

For any questions on registering at a second address, you should contact the local authority for the area the second property is in.

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If I’m registered twice, can I vote twice?

If you are registered to vote in two different electoral areas, you can vote in local elections for the two different local councils.

However, it is an offence to vote twice in the same type of election, such as in a UK general election. Doing this could result in a fine of up to £5,000.