Individual Electoral Registration - FAQs
Individual Electoral Registration started on 10th June 2014.
Here we will try to answer the most Frequently Asked Questions.
What has changed about how people register to vote?
From 10th June 2014, each person has to register to vote individually. This new process is called Individual Electoral Registration (IER). In order to register, each applicant is required to include their National Insurance Number (NI No) and date of birth in their application. This information is used to verify that the applicant is who they say they are.
How do you verify my information?
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will confirm that the details given on your application to register as an elector are correct. After we have checked your information with DWP, we may also carry out an additional check using other council records.
What happens if I haven't got a National Insurance Number?
If you are unable to supply your NI No, there are alternative forms of official evidence that can be accepted. Electoral Services Officers will contact you for further information if this is the case.
I have moved and I am not registered to vote at my new address. What should I do?
Please go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and complete the online registration form. Alternatively, you can contact Electoral Services on 01277 312709 and we will either send you an application form or talk you through a telephone registration.
I am already registered to vote - how will this affect me?
We wrote to each resident to inform people of the action they needed to take in order to ensure that they are registered to vote.
If you were included on the Register of Electors by 1st July 2014 and your information was verified, you would have received written confirmation from us that you are registered to vote under IER and need not take any further action.
If we were unable to verify your information, we sent you an ‘invitation to register’ asking you to supply your details under IER. The transitional arrangements ended on 1st December, so your details will have been removed from the revised register published on 1st December 2015 unless you had completed a successful application by that date.
What happens if I don't respond to an invitation to register?
Reminder forms were sent to any residents who did not respond. By law, we must send a second reminder, followed by a personal visit to all residents who do not register to vote under the new system.
Where can I find out more about the Full Register and the Open Register?
You can find out the difference between the two registers on the Register of Electors page.
How do I have my details removed from the Open Register?
Your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed. Removing your details from the open register would not affect your right to vote.
If you wish to change your preference, please let us know, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone call to 01277 312708 or by writing to Electoral Services at the Town Hall. Each person needs to make their own individual request.
Where can I find out more about IER?