Registering to vote

How to Register to vote

Individual Electoral Registration

The way we all register to vote has changed

The Government changed the registration system on 10 June 2014.The new system is called ‘Individual Electoral Registration’.

The change means some people will need to take action to join the electoral register.

We're here to help you with this. Find out below what you may need to do to ensure you're able to vote.

How is the new system different?

  • Everyone is now 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.
  • You can now register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Will I need to do anything?

  • 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 or not.
  • Respond to the letter if you are asked to. The letter will tell you whether you are on the new register, and do not need to do anything or whether you need to take action. 

How do I register under the new system?

  1. Go to www.gov.uk/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. 
  3. After you've done the first two steps look out for a confirmation to say you’re registered.
  4. If you do not have access to a computer you can visit our Contact Camden Reception, 5 Pancras Square, London, N1C 4AG or call Electoral Services on 020 7974 4444 where we will be able to help either over the phone or send a paper version of the application.

However, you may need to register under the new system if:

  • You receive a letter telling you that you need to re-register, or
  • You have changed address since you received a confirmation that you were registered
  • Have moved into the Borough recently, or
  • You did not receive a letter

To find out more go to www.gov.uk/yourvotematters



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