The electoral register and how to register
Take action – register to vote!
The new, more secure system of voter registration, known as Individual Electoral Registration (IER) rolled out in 2014. This replaces the old system where the ‘head of the household’ registered everyone living in a property. Now each person will need to register individually, providing their national insurance number and date of birth as 'identifying information'. This will enable applicants to be verified before they are added to the register. If you are unable to supply this information, there are alternative forms of official evidence which can be accepted. The new system also means that electors will be able to register online via clicking on the logo to the right.
How will I know if I am registered under this new system?
The majority of residents have been automatically registered on the new system and don’t need to take any further action. However around 10% still need to re-register by filling in and returning the form they have received or by going online. 'Non-matched' residents received letters that explains what they needed to do.
If you didn't respond to the invite to register letter:
Two reminder forms were sent out, followed by a personal visit in the autumn to residents who needed to register under the new system. Those who have not re-registered on to the new system will be able to vote in the May 2015 elections but will then be removed after.
If you vote by post or proxy and are not registered under the new system, you can no longer vote this way unless you re-register.
Not being registered can also impact on applications for mortgages or mobile phones since credit reference agencies use the register to validate applications.
The two versions of the electoral register
Each person applying to register is asked to choose whether to have their details excluded from the open register.
- The full register has the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote. Anyone can look at it by making an appointment at the Town Hall but it is only supplied for certain purposes such as law enforcement. Credit reference agencies are allowed to use this version but only to verify your details.
- The open register is available for general sale and can be used for any purpose. You can choose not to appear on this version by indicating when you register or by emailing us: firstname.lastname@example.org. This will not affect your voting rights or credit status.
To check if you are registered or to make an appointment to view the current electoral register please contact Electoral Services. The electoral register can also be viewed at Warrington Library.