Electoral register

Changes to the way we all register to vote

The registration system has changed . The new system is called Individual Electoral Registration. However, if you’ve already registered this should happen 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.

What next?

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.