Registering to Vote / The Electoral Register
Register to Vote
How do I get my name on the electoral register?
The UK government have introduced a new system for registering to vote called Individual Electoral Registration. Each member of the household is now responsible for registering themselves, instead of one person in the household being responsible for doing it, as was previously the case.
If you have recently moved, or are not currently registered, you will need to register under the new system. You can register throughout the year.
If you require a paper copy, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01978 292020. You will require your date of birth and national insurance number. If you cannot find your national insurance number, you can use the HMRC enquiry service at www.gov.uk/lost-national-insurance-number, or ring 0300 200 3502.
If your name, date of birth or national insurance number are not verified (matched) after you have applied to register, we will contact you asking for further documentary evidence, such as a copy of your passport or photo drivers licence.
Information about the national changes to the way you register to vote can be found on www.gov.uk/yourvotematters
If you weren’t registered previously, you can register under the new system.
What is IER?
How is the new system different?
- You can now register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or over the phone by ringing 01978 292020
- Everyone is responsible for registering themselves. Under the old system the ‘head of every household’ could register everyone who lived at their address.
- You need to provide a few more details to register – including your national insurance number and date of birth. This makes the electoral register more secure. Please ensure you have these to hand if you are using the online or telephone registration method.
How do I register under the new system?
- Go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
- Fill in your name, address, date of birth and a few other details. You’ll also need your national insurance number, which can be found on your national insurance card, or in official paperwork such as payslips, or letters about benefits or tax credits.
- Look out for a confirmation to say you’re registered.
Registers are managed locally by registration officers. 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 making sure only eligible people can vote. It is also used for other limited purposes specified in law, such as detecting crime (eg, fraud), calling people for jury service and checking credit applications.
The Open Register
The open register is an extract of the electoral register, but 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 ask for them to be removed by contacting electoral services.
You can find contact details by entering your postcode at www.aboutmyvote.co.uk
How do I join or get removed from the open register?
If you are registering online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote you can click the checkbox if you do not want your name and address listed on the open register.
You can also change your opt-out preference at any time by contacting electoral services stating your full name, address and an indication of whether you wish to be included in or omitted from the open register.
Viewing the full register
You can inspect the full electoral register at any time at The Guildhall, Wrexham, LL11 1AY
- Inspection of the register will be under supervision.
- You can take extracts from the register, but only by hand written notes.
- Information taken must not be used for direct marketing purposes, in accordance with the Data Protection Act, unless it has been published in the edited version.