Information about the Register of Electors and how to register to vote
The way we all register to vote has changed
The new registration system is called 'Individual Electoral Registration'.
How is the new system different?
- You can now register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
- 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?
- Go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
- 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
- Look out for a confirmation to say you're registered.
Will I need to do anything?
- Look out for a letter or application form between August 2014 and November 2014. 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.
- 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.
- The register is not a static document, however. From January to September, we update the register using the Rolling Registration process. We add the names of new applicants, remove the names of electors who have died or moved away, and alter names, for example, where electors have married
- If you do not appear on the register, or you believe your details are inaccurate please contact us
- If you move house we need to know your new details. Please contact Electoral Services for a form or alternatively register online at: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
- The easiest way to check if you are on the register is to contact us, or you can call into the Town Hall or the Central Reference Library and inspect the register.
Contact Electoral Services
In writing to: Electoral Services, PO Box 503, Town Hall, Middlesbrough, TS1 9FX
Tel: 01642 729771
To find out more go to: www.gov.uk/yourvotematters