Individual Electoral Registration - FAQs
Individual Electoral Registration was introduced 2014.
Here we will try to answer the most Frequently Asked Questions.
What has changed about how people register to vote?
From 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.
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?