All about voting
The way we all register to vote has changed
The registration system changed on 10 June. The new system is called ‘Individual Electoral Registration’ (IER).
How is the new system different?
- It is now possible to register to vote on line.
- Everyone is responsible for registering themselves. Under the old system the ‘head of every household’ could register everyone who lived at their address.
- You need to provide a few more details to register - including your national insurance number and date of birth. This makes the electoral register more secure.
If I am already on the electoral register, what do I need to do?
If you are already on the electoral register, look out for a letter between the end of August / first week of September which will tell you if you have been automatically re-registered, or if you need to re-apply. Most people who are already registered to vote will be registered automatically under the new system.
If you are automatically re-registered, the letter will also tell you whether you are on the open register or not. The last paragraph of page 1 of the letter will tell you what your current status is.
This is in line with your previous choice when you last registered to vote. If you wish to change your preference you can do this by
- email us with your name, address and your request to be removed or added to the open register or
- contacting customer services 01795 417850.
To find out more go to GOV.UK.
If I am not already on the electoral register, how do I register under the new system?
- Go to Register to vote
- Fill in your name, address, date of birth and a few other details. You’ll also need your national insurance number, which can be found on your national insurance card, or in official paperwork such as payslips, or letters about benefits or tax credits.
- Look out for a confirmation to say you’re registered.
If you have any queries about your registration please contact our customer services or call 01795 417850.
To find out information about voting, including applying to vote by proxy or post, please go to www.aboutmyvote.co.uk