The way we all register to vote has changed

The registration system changed in June 2014.  The new system is called 'Individual Electoral Registration'.

How is the new system different?Your vote matters logo

  • You can now register online at
  • 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

How do I register under the new system?

  1. Go to
  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
  3. Look our for a confirmation to say you're registered

Will I need to do anything?

  1. Look out for a letter from the middle of August. 

Most people who are already registered to vote will be registered automatically under the new system.  They do not need to do anything.  However, some people will need to take action to join the new register.  We will be writing to people to tell them whether they need to take action.

  2. Respond to the letter if you are asked to

The letter will tell you whether you are on the new register or whether you need to take action.  It will tell you what to do.

To find out more go to

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