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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.
Most people who are already registered to vote will be registered automatically under the new system. They do not need to do anything. However, some people will need to take action to join the new register. We will be writing to people to tell them whether they need to take action.
Please respond to the letter if you are asked to. The letter will tell you whether you are on the new register or whether you need to take action. It will tell you what to do.
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
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