Registering to Vote (IER)
Changes to the way you register
Registering to vote is no longer be the responsibility of
one person in the household during the annual canvass. Each
person will now be required to register individually, and will also
need to provide their national insurance number and date of birth
as 'identifying information'. This makes the electoral
register more secure. If you are unable to supply these
details you should contact the Electoral Registration Team who will
be able to advise you of what steps you will need to take.
Please remember that in order for your registration to be
successful you will need your national insurance number and date of
birth ready to enter into the system. To
register, complete this online
Do I need to re-register?
If you receive a Household Enquiry Form (HEF) with your
details pre-printed on the form, then you simply need to confirm
your details by clicking
here and entering the security codes pre-printed on the
form. If your name is not included on the form, or has the
word "unconfirmed" next to it, then you will need to register using
How will I know if I am registered under this new system?
If you have completed an online registration
form, providing your "identifying information", then there is
nothing more you need to do, unless the Electoral Registration
Team contact you. You will receive a letter confirming your
Please note that the letters to electors also
refer to whether the individual has opted out of the Open
Register. One way you can opt out of that Open Register is by
completing the following Permanent Opt Out E-form
under Section 11 of the Data Protection Act 1998. Completed
forms need to be printed, signed and returned by post or e-mailed
Alternatively you can contact the Electoral Registration Team and
request a form to be sent to you by post.
What do I do if my details have not been verified?
If your details have not been matched against records held by
Central Government, you will need to supply documentary evidence in
support of your application. Details of what can be accepted
are available by available by
There are two registers. Why?
Using information received from the public,
registration officers keep two registers – the electoral register
and the open register (also known as the edited register).
The electoral register
The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone
who is registered to vote in public elections. The register is used
for electoral purposes, such as making sure only eligible people
can vote. It is also used for other limited purposes specified in
law, such as detecting crime (e.g. fraud), calling people for jury
service and checking credit applications.
The open register
The open register is an extract of the electoral register, but
is not used for elections. It can be bought by any person, company
or organisation. For example, it is used by businesses and
charities to confirm name and address details. 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
does not affect your right to vote.
You can find more information about both
registers and how they may be used at www.gov.uk/yourvotematters.
How can I find out more about IER?
Electoral Commission - www.electoralcommission.org.uk
Cabinet Office - www.gov.uk/yourvotematters