Registering to vote
The way we all register to vote has changed
The registration system changed in June 2014. The new system is called ‘Individual Electoral Registration’.
How is the new system different?
- You can now register online at Register to vote|
- 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.
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.
Will I need to do anything?
Look out for a letter during July 2014.
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 are writing to people to tell them whether they need to take action.
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.
What do I need to do if I have changed my name or nationality?
You can amend your details by visiting Register to vote| and downloading the appropriate form. You will need to provide supporting documentation as evidence of your change of name or nationality.
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