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Individual electoral registration

Don’t get caught out by the changes to voter registration.

The new voting registration system is called individual electoral registration (IER). It means:

  • everyone is responsible for registering themselves
    under the old system the ‘head of household’ could register everyone who lived at their address
  • you can now register online
  • you need to provide a few more details to register, your national insurance number and date of birth

This is to make the electoral register more secure.

Why should I register under the new system?

You need to register in order to be able to vote. If you aren’t registered to vote, you won’t have the chance to have a say on who represents you.

You can register online at:

Register online

Not only will you not be able to have a say at future elections and some referendums, but if you don’t respond to requests for information from us you could be at risk of getting fined.

Some people also register to vote because they want to apply for credit. This is because credit reference agencies use the register to check where someone lives when they apply for credit in order to prevent fraud.

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