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Register to Vote

The way we all register to vote changed from 10 June 2014. The new system is called 'Individual Electoral Registration'.

How is the new system different?

- You can register to vote online

- 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.

If you cannot find your national insurance number, please visit:

Make your voice heard

Five good reasons to get on the electoral register at your current address:

- You'll be able to vote in local and general elections - so politicians can represent your issues and not someone else's

- Applications for loans, credit cards, mobile phones and mortgages are checked against it

- You're not giving away information that isn't already known about you

- It's easy and quick to do it online

- It's an offence not to be on the electoral register - although you can opt out of the version that's open to the public

You are not automatically registered to vote, even if you pay council tax, or have registered to use other council services.

How do I register under the new system?

1)Register to vote

2) 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.

Will I need to do anything?

1) If you are not currently on the register of electors you need to register to vote. To check if you are on the register of electors please contact us on 01507 601111.

What if I am under 18?

If you are aged 16 and 17, you need to register in advance to ensure that you don't miss out on your right to vote.  You can do this by registering online or by contacting us on 01507 601111 .

Learning Difficulties

Residents with learning disabilities can visit the Promote the Vote website which provides information about how to register to vote and the process of voting.

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