The way we all register to vote has changed
The way you register has changed with the introduction of Individual Electoral Registration and you'll now be able to register online.
How is the new system different?
- You can now register online
- 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 www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
- Fill in your 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.
To find out more go to www.gov.uk/yourvotematters
Alternatively, if you'd like to receive this information in paper format please contact us on 0345 678 9015 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and address or download
Remember you must be on the register in order to vote
- There are two versions of the register, the Open and the Electoral version. Find out what this means.
- If you're a British, Irish, Commonwealth or European Union Citizen, you need to be on the Electoral Register to be able to vote. View a list of all eligible nationalities.
- You must register every year. You're not automatically registered, even if you pay Council Tax.
- If you want to restrict who has access to your name and address on the Electoral Register, you must opt-out.