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FOI 12820

Individual Electoral Registration

Request

In June 2014 in England & Wales and September 2014 in Scotland, law relating to electoral registration changed from a household registration system to Individual Electoral Registration (IER).

IER requires every elector to be verified by some form of evidence e.g. matched against details held by the Department of Work and Pensions using a National Insurance Number, or by providing documentary evidence such as a passport.

Those already registered were matched against other data sources available to Local Authorities. Some people however could not be matched against these records and were required to submit a new application to remain on the register beyond the end of the transition
period, which ended on 1st December 2015.

In light of the above, please can you confirm the following to me in relation to your local authority area:

1) the number of people who were removed from the roll as a result of the implementation of the new IER system; and
2) how many of those who were removed did not subsequently re-register to vote by the time of the referendum on membership of the EU on 23 June, 2016?

Response

With reference to your recent enquiry (FOI) request please find below the information requested.

1) the number of people who were removed from the roll as a result of the implementation of the new IER system;
Answer: (571)
2) how many of those who were removed did not subsequently re-register to vote by the time of the referendum on membership of the EU on 23 June, 2016?
Answer: Unfortunately the software system is unable to identify these electors.