Voting - how to register

On 1 April the single new council for North Yorkshire launched replacing Scarborough Borough Council and other local authorites in North Yorkshire.

To find your Councillor or to view minutes, meetings and agendas please visit the North Yorkshire Council website.

Like many people, the electoral services team is observing the advice to work from home.  So we can help you with your registration, email any documents we’ve requested to  You can also use that email address for any general queries you may have.

Register online

Register to vote on GOV.UK >

Ways to vote

In the UK there are three different ways you can vote, and which you chose is completely up to you depending on what you find the easiest or the most convenient method.

  • at a polling station
  • by post
  • by proxy
The Electoral Commission's site provides more information on the three different ways of voting.

Voting by post

You need to apply before you can vote by post. Once you have a postal vote in place, you cannot choose to vote in person unless you cancel your postal vote 11 days before the poll.

Postal votes can be put in place permanently, for a specific election, or for a date range.

Find out more about voting by post

Voting by proxy

To vote by proxy, you need to complete an application form, this will allow someone 'proxy' to vote on your behalf either at a polling station or by post. Your proxy must be someone you know and trust and must be registered to vote. Your proxy can only be an appointed proxy for two people per poll.

Find out more about voting by proxy

Voting by emergency proxy

There are some circumstances where you can apply to vote by emergency proxy.  You can find more details and the relevant forms from the Electoral Commission website.
Your completed form can be emailed as an attachment to

If you require any further information regarding emergency proxies, please contact Electoral Services on 01723 232309.  For any other queries please ring 01723 232323.

Where to send your form

You can send your completed application to vote by post or proxy:

  • By email as attachment to
  • By post to Electoral Services, Scarborough Borough Council, St Nicholas Street, Scarborough, YO11 2HG


In addition to our own Privacy Notice:

To verify your identity, the data you provide will be processed by the Individual Electoral Registration Digital Service managed by the Cabinet Office. As part of this process your data will be shared with the Department of Work and Pension and the Cabinet Office suppliers that are data processors for the Individual Electoral Registration Digital Service. You can find more information about this here: