Registering to vote
The Electoral Services office is responsible for maintaining the Register of Electors and the organisation of all elections within the district. These include election of Parish/Town Councillors, District Ward Councillors, County Councillors, Members of Parliament, Members of the European Parliament and Referendums.
Individual Electoral Registration (IER)
On 10 June 2014, the way in which you register to vote changed. The Government introduced Individual Electoral Registration (IER) across the country. Under IER, everyone in the household who is eligible to vote is responsible for registering themselves. The new process will be quicker, more convenient and make the electoral register more secure.
How do I register?
If you are not registered to vote, have moved address or changed your name, you can apply to register online. You will need to provide your name, address, date of birth, your National Insurance Number and a few other details. You can find your National Insurance number on payslips, National Insurance Card or pensions slips. If you are not sure whether you are already registered or cannot register online, please contact us.
You can find more information about registering to vote at your vote matters.
Why should I register to vote?
If you do not register, you will not be able to vote at any election. Don’t lose your right to vote. Being on the register is proof of your identity and is often used by credit reference agencies and mortgage companies. These companies check the register when people apply for credit, in order to counteract fraud. Not only will you not be able to have a say at future elections, but if you don’t respond to requests for information from us, you could be at risk of getting fined £80.
Who is eligible to be registered?
If you are over the age of 18 or will soon be 18, a British, Irish, Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of a member state of the European Union (PDF File, 69kb) and a resident of the district at least 6 months of the year, you are eligible to be on the Register of Electors. When you register you will be asked to state your nationality.
If you are a European Union citizen you can only vote in local government elections. You can also vote at European Parliamentary elections if you fill in a form stating that you wish to vote in the UK and not in your home country. These forms are automatically sent before these elections take place.
What is the Register of Electors?
The Register of Electors is a list of everyone in the district who is eligible to vote. You can only vote in elections if your name appears in the register.
The open register
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 lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in public elections. The register is used for electoral purposes, such as:
- detecting crime (e.g. fraud)
- calling people for jury service
- checking credit applications
The open register is an extract of the electoral register, but it 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 find more information about both registers and how they may be used at www.gov.uk/yourvotematters
Opting out from the Open Register
You can choose not to be included in this open register by contacting us or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Please confirm the name(s) of those elector(s) that wish to ‘opt out’ and their full address. We will update the voter registration and it will be effective from the next monthly update made to the register.
Your personal information
We will only use the information you give us for electoral purposes. We will look after personal information securely and we will follow the Data Protection Act 1998. We will not give personal information about you and the other people in your household to anyone else or to another organisation unless we have to do so by law.