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Register to vote

Household enquiry form (HEF)

Each year we send out a household enquiry form to every address in Warrington.  This is for you to confirm who lives in your home and is eligible to vote.  You should:

  • tell us the name and nationality of everyone aged 16 or over
  • tell us if there are no eligible residents, and why
  • cross out the name(s) of anyone listed on the form who is no longer living there
  • tell us if your nationality has changed
  • tell us if you are now over 70 years old
  • include your email address and phone number, if you'd like to (This is optional - we only use this information in connection with your registration, and it means we can contact you if there's a problem).

Knowing this information means we can invite other residents to register to vote if we need to. You should complete and return the form to us by post or online.  Returning the form doesn't mean that you are now registered to vote, you must still register yourself on the GOV.UK website.

If you have lost your form call the elections team on 01925 442184 for a replacement.

Frequently asked questions

Do I have to fill this form in?

  • There is a criminal penalty for failing to provide the information required by the Household Enquiry Form to the Electoral Registration Officer of a maximum of £1,000.
  • The penalty for providing false information to an Electoral Registration Officer is imprisonment of up to six months or a fine (on summary conviction) of a maximum of £5,000.

I'm already registered to vote, why do you need this information?

  • Each year the council has to check that everyone who is eligible to vote has the chance to register
  • The household enquiry form tells us who is living at each address. We cross check this information against the people who are registered to vote and invite those who aren't to register for future elections
  • We have to keep our register upto date by providing this information you help us to remove people from the register who no longer live at your address

 Why do you need my national insurance number? 

  • The details you provide are checked against the governments database to verify your identity 
  • It prevents duplicate registration

More information 

Further details about voting are available on the GOV.UK website

Not being registered to vote can also impact on applications for mortgages or mobile phones since credit reference agencies use the register to validate applications. 

There is a criminal penalty for failing to provide the information required by the Household Enquiry Form to the Electoral Registration Officer of a maximum of £1,000. The penalty for providing false information to an Electoral Registration Officer is imprisonment of up to six months or a fine (on summary conviction) of a maximum of £5,000.