Register to vote
The way we all register to vote is changing. The new system is called ‘Individual Electoral Registration’ and instead of using a household form to register to vote, everyone will take individual responsibility for their own registration. The quickest and easiest way to register is online
Registration can now be done online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote - you will need the following in order to apply:
- Current and Previous Address
- Date of birth
- National Insurance Number
The details that you enter will be used to verify that the person making the application is who they say they are and will reduce the risk of fraud and inaccurate entries on the Electoral Register.
If you are unable to register online, you can request a paper registration form by phoning 01529 414155.
Alternatively, if you have your National Insurance number available when you call, we can complete the registration on your behalf.
Registering to vote:
- is required by law
- enables you to vote and have a say in local and national matters
- helps with credit applications (e.g. loans, mortgages etc)
Remember to keep your details updated - it will help to keep your credit history accurate. The electoral register can never be back-dated.
The Annual Canvass is conducted every year to ensure that the Register of Electors remains complete and accurate. For 2014 as part of the new electoral registration process there will be a transitional canvass taking place between the end of July and November 2014. A new register will be published on 1st December 2014.
If your application is valid and not subject to any objections we will write to tell you when you will be added to the electoral register. However, there may be some cases where we need more information and we will contact you if this is required.
If you have changed your name you will need to update your details on the electoral register