Registering to vote
How to register
To be able to vote your name must be included on the register of electors. To vote in the General Election on May 7, 2015 you must have registered by April 20, 2015. Please note the registration system has changed. The new system is called Individual Electoral Registration.If you have already registered this should have happened automatically.
How is the new system different?
You will be able to register online on the Gov UK website.
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 the Gov UK website.
Fill in the 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 from Electoral Services
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, it will tell you whether you are on the new register or whether you need to take action and what you need to do.
If you receive a letter confirming you are registered under the new system you do not need to do anything.
However you may need to register under the new system if:
- you receive a letter telling you that you need to re-register or
- you have changed address since you received a confirmation that you were registered, or
- you did not receive a letter.
If you have not yet registered or have moved home recently you can register to vote on the GOV.UK website.
There are special arrangements for your registration if you are
- a member of the armed forces (or partner),
- a Crown Servant,
- a British council employee,
- other overseas elector
If you are a
- patient in a mental hospital
- remand prisoner
- homeless person
Please contact us for further information.