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Registering to Vote (IER)

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Changes to the way you register

The way you register to vote changed in 2014. Everyone now has to register themselves individually when they move house and provide additional information to prove your identity. You are not automatically registered to vote if you contact other council departments, such as Council Tax

 

Registering Online  

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 form.

 

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 clicking here.

 

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 remove your name from the open register by emailing the Electoral Registration Team - electoral.registration@bedford.gov.uk make sure to include your name and address in the email.

 

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?

Visit:

Electoral Commission - www.electoralcommission.org.uk 

Cabinet Office - www.gov.uk/yourvotematters

 

REGISTER ONLINE HERE

 

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