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Important Changes to registration since 2014.

How is voter registration changing?

At the moment voter registration is done by household. One person in a household fills in a form and enters the details of everyone who lives there. The people who are eligible are then registered to vote. Now everyone will need to register themselves individually.

Most people who are currently registered to vote will be registered automatically under the new system. This will happen because local elections offices are comparing their electoral registers to existing records to confirm who people are. This will be done carefully through a secure system that has been tested thoroughly.

For all sorts of reasons, some people will not match against these records and therefore cannot be transferred automatically to the new register. For example, they may have moved home since the record was last updated, or there may be a difference in the spelling of the two records.

From 10 June 2014, all new registrations need to be done individually. This is known as Individual Electoral Registration, or IER.

You can register to vote online, this is a simple and quick process.

In the new system, residents will be asked to provide identifying information, such as a date of birth and national insurance number. This will enable their application to be verified before they are added to the register. In specific circumstances people who cannot provide this information will be able to prove their identity using an alternative form of evidence.

Anyone who fails to renew their registration under the new system in 2014 will have their registration carried forward to 2015. They will therefore be registered to vote at the 2015 UK general election.

For more information, please see the Government's webpages on Individual Electoral Registration.

Your personal information

We will only use the information you give us for electoral purposes. We will look after personal information securely and we will follow the Data Protection Act 1998. We will not give personal information about you and the other people in your household to anyone else or to another organisation unless we have to by law.

What do I need to do now?

Nothing yet, but we will contact you in due course with more information about your registration. Specific instructions will apply if you have a postal or proxy vote, or have changed your details since the last annual canvass.

What if I am a postal or proxy voter?

You will need to register under the new system from 10 June 2014 or you will automatically lose the right to use this method of absent voting.

What if I need to change my details?

If you have moved house or changed your name since the last canvass you will also be required to register in 2014 using the new system.

What happens if I don't register under the new system?

If you have not changed your details or do not need a postal or proxy vote you will have until the end of the autumn 2015 annual canvass to register individually. If you have not registered and had your identity verified by then, you will be removed from the register.

Why is the Government making this change?

IER is being introduced nationally to help tackle electoral fraud. It paves the way for online registration from 2014, which will make it easier and more convenient for individuals to ensure they are registered to vote.