New changes to Voter Registration


Registering to vote has changed!


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?


  • 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 out for a confirmation to say you’re registered.


Will I need to do anything?


  1. Look out for a letter between 14 July and 30 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 are 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.




What if I need the form in a different language?


  1. Contact us if you are having difficulties reading the letter or you need a registration form in a different language.
  2. OR, contact the Council directly by going into a library or a customer service centre



Find out more here

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