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Individual electoral registration

Individual Electoral Registration (IER) has been introduced nationally to help prevent electoral fraud and enable online registration. Online registration makes it quicker and easier for you to register.

Changes to the way you register to vote

In the past, one person in every household was responsible for registering all residents eligible to vote at that address during the 'annual canvass'.

From 10 June 2014, each person eligible to vote is required to register to vote individually, providing their national insurance number and date of birth as 'identifying information'. This is then verified against records held by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).

If you are unable to supply this information, there are alternative forms of official evidence which can be accepted.

A service has been created by the Government to support online applications. You can register to vote online on the GOV.UK website. The information that you supply will be automatically verified with the DWP.

What if there have been changes or I've received a letter asking me to register?

You may need to register under the new system if:

  • You have received a letter telling you that you need to re-register; or
  • You have changed address
  • You have turned 18 and are not yet registered

If you receive a letter telling you to register to vote, it is important that you respond.  Updating your details with Council Tax does not automatically change your details on the electoral register, you must do this separately.

If you don't respond to the letter asking you to register to vote

If you are not on the register then you can't vote. It may also effect your ability get credit or open a bank account.

Postal and Proxy Voters must be IER registered. If you are not IER registered then you cannot have a postal vote and you cannot appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf that is not IER registered.