Voting and Elections

The electoral register is a list of people who are eligible to vote in elections and referendums in Northumberland. You cannot vote if your name does not appear on the register.

Here you will find information on how you can register to vote, or make changes to you current registration.

As part of Northumberland County Council`s Annual Canvass, we are this year inline with updated legislation using additional methods of communication, including emailing residents where we hold an email address.
If in any doubt regarding the legitimacy of these emails, please contact the Elections office on 01670 624811 or
Please note you are unable to view the electoral register online, however this can be viewed in person at our local offices. Please contact elections on 01670 624811 or for more details and to arrange an appointment.
1. Click on Register to Vote
2. Fill in your name, address, date of birth and a few other details. You will also need your national insurance number, which can be found on your national insurance card, or on official paperwork, such as payslips and letters about benefits or tax credits.
3. Look out for a confirmation to say you’re registered

What do I do if I've changed address?

If you have changed address you will need to register to vote at your new address. You can do this by clicking the link above.

How do I remove someone from the electoral register at my address?

To remove a person from your address you should contact the elections office on 01670 624811 or email us at

You can register to vote if you are 16 years old or over and a British citizen or an Irish, qualifying Commonwealth or European Union citizen who is resident in the UK.

If you are 16 or 17, you can apply to be added to the register in advance, however you cannot vote until you are 18.

If you are a citizen of one of these EU countries and resident in the UK, you are eligible to register to vote in UK elections.

To qualify, Commonwealth citizens must be resident in the UK and either have leave to remain in the UK or not require such leave. The definition of a 'Commonwealth citizen' includes citizens of British crown dependencies and British overseas territories.

Overseas Electors

If you are an overseas elector you can vote in UK Parliamentary elections only.

To find out further information about voting from overseas please click here.

Service Voters

You can register as a service voter if you are:
- A member of the Armed Forces
- The spouse or civil partner of someone in the Armed Forces

To find out further information about being a service voter please click here.

No Fixed Abode

You can still register to vote even if you do not have a fixed address. This may be because you are:

- A patient in a mental health hospital
- Homeless
- A merchant seaman
- Part of the gypsy or travelling community

To find out further information about having no fixed abode please click here

Anonymous Registration

If you think your name and address being on the electoral register could affect your safety, or the safety or someone in your household, you can register to vote anonymously.

To download an application form to vote anonymously please click here.
Click here to apply for a Postal Vote

Advice on postal voting 

To vote by post at any election we must receive your application at the very latest by 5pm on the 11th working day before the election. If you require information about alternatives to voting in person, please contact the elections team at County Hall on 01670 624811 or email

When we get your application, we record on the electoral register that you want to vote by post. You will not be allowed to vote at a polling station while you have a postal vote.

You will receive a ballot paper, a postal vote statement which you have to fill in, an envelope to put the ballot paper in, and a postage-paid return envelope (not valid overseas).

Return your completed ballot paper and your postal vote statement to Northumberland County Council.

It is your responsibility to post it back in time to reach us before the close of poll on election day.

If you leave it too late to post it, you can take it on election day (before the close of poll) to the polling station in the area where you normally vote and hand it to the presiding officer.

Receipt of postal votes ahead of polling day will differ depending on when your application was received. Your postal voter polling card will indicate your expected delivery date. Alternatively you can contact the elections office on 01670 624811 for an indication of when you should receive your postal vote pack.
To apply for a proxy vote click here

Advice on proxy voting

To vote by proxy at any election, we must receive your application at the very latest by 5pm on the sixth working day before the election. If you wish to enquire about a proxy vote, you should contact the elections team by phoning 01670 624811 or email

Who qualifies for a proxy vote?
To get a proxy vote you must be able to show you cannot reasonably be expected to go to the polling station. For example, because:
  • you are living abroad and are registered here as an overseas voter
  • you are a blind or disabled person
  • you live in a residential care home
  • you will be away on an educational course on election day
  • you are self-employed and will be unable to go to the polling station because of your job
For some of these reasons you will need to get someone, such as your doctor or care nurse, to confirm what you are saying. If you are unable to get to the polling station, you should consider asking for a postal vote instead, as you do not have to give a reason for this or ask anyone else to vote for you.

How do I appoint someone to be my proxy?
You must find someone who is over 18 and is prepared to vote for you. You must include their details on your application form. They must sign your application form to confirm they are prepared to vote on your behalf.
Using information received from the public, registration officers keep two registers: the electoral register and the open register.

The electoral register

The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone registered to vote in public elections. The register is used for electoral purposes, such as making sure only eligible people can vote. It is also used for other limited purposes specified in law, such as detecting crime (e.g. fraud), calling people for jury service and checking credit applications.

The open register

The open register is an extract of the electoral register but is not used for elections. It can be bought by any person, company or organisation. For example, it is used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details. Your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed. Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote.

If you wish to be removed from the open register, please click here or contact the elections team on 01670 624811 or email
During the annual canvass every household in Northumberland will receive a letter or canvass form listing everyone who is currently registered to vote at the property, this takes place every year between July and December.

We now send out two different types of correspondence, rather than one standard form. Unlike previous years we no longer require a response from every household, only the household who have received a canvass form are required to respond.

Click here for further information regarding this years annual canvass
This section provides information on upcoming elections and referendums to be held in Northumberland, aswell as information linked to previous elections.

Information about the Hexham East By-Election on Thursday 16 December 2021

By-Election result

Suzanne Holly FAIRLESS-AITKEN - Liberal Democrats - ELECTED
34.5% Turnout

View full declaration of result of poll here


Implications for voters, candidates, and political parties

press notice on Royal Assent of the Act was published on on 28 April, and the House of Commons Library has updated its briefing on the passage of the Act. Much of the detail for implementation of the Elections Act will be set out in secondary legislation, which will be made over the course of 2022/23 now that the primary legislation has received Royal Assent.
Significant changes have been introduced by this legislation which include:

Voter Identification

  • Electors needing to show an approved form of photo identity before voting in a polling station
  • Electors without a suitable form of photo identity will be able to apply for a free Voter Identity Card from December 2022 - a link to the Government portal will appear here in due course
  • Will be in force from the May 2023 elections

Accessibility at polling stations 

  • Additional support will be provided to voters with disabilities at polling stations
  • Voters with a disability can be assisted by anyone in future over the age of 18
  • Will be in force from the May 2023 elections

Absent voting - postal and proxy voting

  • Political parties and campaigners banned from handling postal votes
  • There will be a limit of 6 postal votes a person can hand in at a polling station
  • Postal voters will need to make a fresh application every 3 years, instead of the 5-yearly signature refresh
  • Electors will only be allowed to act as proxy for up to 4 people, of which no more than 2 can be "domestic electors" - i.e. not overseas voters
  • Applications will require identity verification - both online and paper applications will include a requirement for the applicant's identity to be verified
  • Secrecy and postal vote handling rules expected to be in place for May 2023 polls
  • Change to the three yearly application process will be transitional, starting from January 2024
  • Postal vote application and new proxy limit expected for May 2024 polls
  • Electors will be able to apply online for an absent vote
  • The online application service is estimated to be available from July 2023

EU Citizens' Voting and Candidacy Rights

  • EU citizens will no longer automatically be entitled to register, vote, and stand for election
  • Two groups of EU citizens will retain their rights:
    • 'qualifying EU citizens' from countries with reciprocal agreements, and who have leave, or do not require it, to remain in the UK - currently Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal and Spain
    • 'EU citizens with retained rights' who were resident in the UK before 1 January 2021 - i.e. before the UK left the EU
  • Applies to all local elections and referendums in England and to the Police and Crime Commissioner elections
  • Expected to be in place for the May 2024 Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner elections here in Essex.  These elections will also now be First Past the Post so electors will no longer have a second choice on the ballot paper

Overseas Electors

  • The arbitrary 15-year limit on British citizens living abroad is removed
  • Overseas electors will be able to register at an address where they were previously registered OR even never registered, where they were last resident
  • The registration period is extended from one year to three
  • Expected to be in place by May 2024

Eglingham Parish Election

View full declaration of result of poll here

Seghill with Seaton Delaval By Election 

View full declaration of result of poll here

Hexham Parish - Priestpopple Ward Election

View full declaration of result of poll here

Hexham East By Election

View full declaration of result of poll here

2021 County & Parish Elections

County Council Elections - total results by party

County Results

Amble West with Warkworth
Ashington Central
Bedlington Central
Bedlington East
Bedlington West
Berwick East
Berwick North
Berwick West with Ord
Cramlington East
Cramlington Eastfield
Cramlington North
Cramlington South East
Cramlington Village
Cramlington West
Druridge Bay
Haydon & Haddrian
Hexham Central with Acomb
Hexham East
Hexham West
Kitty Brewster
Morpeth Kirkhill
Morpeth North
Morpeth Stobhill
Newbiggin Central with East
Norham & Islandshires
Ponteland East & Stannington
Ponteland North
Ponteland South with Heddon
Ponteland West
Prudhoe North
Prudhoe South
Seaton with Newbiggin West
Seghill with Seaton Delaval
South Tynedale
Stocksfield & Broomhaugh

Parish Results

Bedlington Central
Bedlington East
Cramlington East
Cramlington Eastfield
Cramlington North
Cramlington South East
Cramlington Village
Cramlington West
Holy Island
Kitty Brewster
Morpeth Kirkhill
Morpeth North
Morpeth Stobhill
Newbiggin East
Newbiggin South
Newbiggin West
North Sunderland
Park Road
Ponteland North
Ponteland West
Prudhoe Hall
Seghill with Seaton Delaval
South Blyth
St Boisil
West Wylam

2021 Police and Crime Commissioner

Overall Result
Votes have been combined for the Northumbria Force Area PCC, and the results are below. ​

CRUTE, Duncan Carlyle (CON): 139875          ​    ​
MCGUINNESS, Cara Kim (LAB): 206467​

Kim McGuinness officially re-elected.
Second preference votes counted from Northumberland.​

CRUTE, Duncan Carlyle (CON): 4,397         ​       ​

MCGUINNESS, Cara Kim (LAB): 6,109 

2020 Parish & Town Council by elections

Result for Berwick Town Council by Election (Grove)

View Declaration of result 

Result for Blyth Town Council (Cowpen)

View Declaration of result

2019 Parliamentary Election

Blyth Valley Parliamentary Constituency

View signed declaration of result of poll here
View summary of results including turnout here 

Wansbeck Parliamentary Constituency

View signed declaration of result of poll here
View summary of results including turnout here 

Hexham Parliamentary Constituency

View signed declaration of result of poll here
View summary of results including turnout here 

Berwick-upon-Tweed Constituency
View signed declaration of result of poll here
View summary of results including turnout here 

2019 Police and Crime Commissioner

First Count Declaration 
Second Count Declaration

2019 European Parliament 

Local results
Regional results

2019 North of Tyne Combined Authority Mayoral

Local result
Count stage 1 result
Count stage 2 result
Overall result
Find out more about the North of Tyne Combined Authority here

2019 County By Election (Holywell)

Declaration of result


In this section you will find information regarding Polling reviews & all other Electoral Services matters.

For any queries please contact the Elections office on 01670 624811 or

Notice of Review of Polling Districts, Polling Places and Polling Stations 2019
Terms of reference
Survey of current polling stations
Maps of divisional boundaries

Documents relating to the review can be inspected at Information Centres around Northumberland at:
Alnwick - Greenwell Lane, Greenwell Road, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1HB
Ashington - Wansbeck Square, Station Road, Ashington, Northumberland, NE63 9XL
Bedlington - Bedlington Library, Glebe Road, Bedlington, Northumberland, NE22 6JX
Berwick - Berwick Library, Walkergate, Berwick-Upon-Tweed, TD15 1DB
Blyth - Blyth Library, 20 Bridge Street, Blyth, Northumberland, NE24 2DJ
Cramlington - Concordia Leisure Centre, Forum Way, Cramlington, NE23 6YB
Hexham - Queens Hall, Beaumont Street, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 3LS
Morpeth - Royal Sovereign House, Manchester Street, Morpeth, NE61 1BH
Seaton Delaval - Astley Community High School, Elsdon Avenue, Seaton Delaval, NE25 0BW

Email contact

Community Governence Reviews and Orders

2017 Alnwick and Denwick

2018 Blyth and Seaton Valley

2019 Broomley and Stocksfield - Name Change

2020 Cartington - Abolished and merged with Rothbury & Thropton
2020 Easington - Abolished and merged with Belford & reduction in seats
2020 Corbridge
2020 Hauxley and Amble
2020 Longhoughton - Redistribution of seats
2020 Newton By The Sea - Reduce seats
2020 Rothbury, Whitton and Tosson

Final recommendations have been considered by full council. Council have resolved to make any outstanding Orders.

Consequential Reviews - County Boundaries

2020 Newsham and Seghill