Registering to Vote

The next Northern Ireland Assembly election will take place on Thursday 2nd March 2017.

Registering to vote can seem quite complicated, so we’ve created this hub of information to help you to navigate the process and hopefully make it easier to get registered.

Registering to Vote

The standard voter registration form is available to download from the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland’s website here. Simply fill it in and return it to your local Area Office (which you can local here). If you’ve moved address and need to register to vote you can use the exact same form.

The deadline for registering to vote ahead of the upcoming Northern Ireland Assembly election on 2nd March is Tuesday 14th February.

Not sure if you’re already registered?

If you’re not sure if you’re already registered to vote you can call the Electoral Office Helpline on 0800 4320 712.

You will be asked to provide your name, address and date of birth. The Helpline opening hours are 9am to 4.30pm Monday to Thursday and 9am to 4pm on Friday.


Voter registration forms are available in a range of languages other than English. You can access them all here.

If you are homeless, or fall into another special category for the purposes of voter registration there are separate forms for you to complete here.

Applying for postal or proxy votes

If you cannot physically make it to your polling station on the day of the election you’re entitled to apply for a postal or proxy vote. There are many reasons why you may need to do this, and NUS-USI would encourage students from Northern Ireland who study elsewhere to make sure they apply for a postal or proxy vote.

The deadline to apply is Friday 10th February and you can find the relevant forms on the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland’s website here.

Who can vote?

People can vote in the Northern Ireland Assembly election if they are:

• registered to vote

• resident in Northern Ireland

• aged 18 or over on 2 March 2017

•  a British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen, or a citizen of another European Union country

British or Irish citizens living overseas cannot vote in the Northern Ireland Assembly election.


*All of the above information has been obtained from the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland or the Electoral Commission and is, to the best of our knowledge, correct at the time of writing. For any specific queries about registering to vote or the process of voting you can contact the Electoral Office via their contact details listed here.