The electoral register and how to register
In summer 2014 the way in which people register to vote is changing nationally to help tackle electoral fraud and enable online registration. This will make it easier and more convienent for you to register to vote.
Changes to the way you register:
At present, one person in every household is responsible for registering to vote all eligible residents at their address. This occurs each year during the 'annual canvass' of all properties in the borough.
From 10 June 2014, 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. Anyone registering under the new system will need to register themselves individually by filling out a paper or online form.
How will I know if I am registered under this new system?
Warrington's electoral register will be compared to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) records to confirm elector details are correct. This transfer will be carried out through a secure system that has been thoroughly tested by the government.
Following this comparison, most people in Warrington will be confirmed as resident at their address and so will be automatically included on the new electoral register published on 1 December 2014. These residents will get a letter in August to confirm they don't need to do anything else.
However, some people won't match through this process and won't be registered automatically. This may be due to a range of reasons such as they may have moved home since the DWP records were last updated.
For any 'non-matched' residents, we will send an invitation to register letter that explains what they need to do. It will be straightforward to re-register, the letter will include a registration form or an online registration service. Both of these registration methods will require the resident to supply their date of birth and National Insurance Number.
Properties without any registered electors will be sent a Household Enquiry Form to collect the names of any residents.
If you don't respond to the invite to register letter:
A reminder form will be sent to any residents who do not respond to the invite to register letter. By law, we must also send a second reminder, followed by a personal visit in the autumn to all residents who do not register under the new system.
If you fail to renew your registration under the new system in 2014 your electoral registration will continue until the 1 December 2015 register is published. Non responding electors will then be removed from this register.
However, if you are a postal or proxy voter you must register under the new IER system or you will automatically lose the right to use this method of absent voting at the next elections following the publication of the 1 December 2014 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 emailing us here. This will not affect your voting rights or credit status.
You can under Section 11 of the Data Protection Act 1998, give the Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) notice that you do not want your personal information to be used for direct marketing either permanently or until further notice. Your notice (each person) must be made in writing to the ERO including your full name, address and signature and detailing that you wish to opt out of the edited register on a permanent basis.
To check if you are registered or to make an appointment to view the current electoral register please contact Electoral Services.