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Electoral Registration

Information about the Register of Electors and how to register

The Register of Electors is a list of all the residents of Middlesbrough who are eligible to vote in elections.

Annual Canvass

The register is compiled each year from the information requested from householders during the period July to October.

The Annual Canvass enables us to publish an accurate Register of Electors on 16 October. This register will be used for any elections that may take place in the following year.

The first form is delivered in September and is based on where you will be living on 15 October, which is the 'relevant date'.

The form is addressed to 'The Current Occupier' and is pre-printed to show the names of the people who are currently registered to vote at the address. All we ask is that you check these details and return it to us in the envelope provided.

Rolling Register

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 complete the Voter Registration form.

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.

Edited Register

The edited register is available for sale to companies for commercial purposes.

At present if you tick the 'Edited Register' box on the Voter Registration Form your details are removed from the Edited Register until the following annual canvass. Ticking this box means your details would only be kept on the Full Register, which is used for Electoral purposes, to determine jury service, and used by Credit Reference Agencies as legislation allows.

The government has introduced the option for an individual to permanently 'Opt-Out' from appearing on the Edited Register.

If you wish to permanently 'Opt-Out' then you will need to write to or email us giving your name and address and stating your wish to no longer appear on the Edited Register.

Email: elections@middlesbrough.gov.uk

In writing to:
Electoral Services
PO Box 503
Town Hall
Middlesbrough
TS1 9FX

Why is it important to register?

It gives you a say on important issues that affect you. Like it or not, politics has an influence on our lives every moment of every day... from our working life or having a drink in the pub to visiting the doctors or watching a football match.

This country is a democracy. Every day vital decisions, which effect all of our lives, are taken by Members of Parliament and local Councillors who are elected by the people. You are able to help to choose them!

Make sure you have your say and ensure that you get your right to vote. If you don't you will lose your chance to have your say about how things are run in the country and in Middlesbrough. The only way you can vote in an election is if your name appears on the Register of Electors. So to vote in future Local, General or European elections get yourself registered.

If you don't register, you can't vote!

It's also worth knowing:

  • Every household is required by law to complete and return the Annual Canvass Registration form which is delivered to every home between September and November; failure to do so can carry a maximum fine of £1,000
  • Failing to register may also affect your ability to get credit, open a bank account and apply for a mortgage, personal loan or even a mobile telephone. Credit reference agencies, banks, building societies and mobile phone companies usually check the register before giving credit - you may be refused credit if your name does not appear
  • The register is used by the government to assess how much money is given to the Council in the Revenue Support Grant - and, of course, that affects the services that we are able to provide for you
  • It is important to note that you are not automatically registered, even if you are paying Council Tax

Elections can be called at short notice, and if you're not registered you won't be able to vote. A UK Parliamentary general election, for example, can be called as late as 17 working days before election day, so don't wait until its too late - register today and you can definitely have your say.

Individual Electoral Registration

At present, one person in every household is responsible for registering everyone else who lives at that address. The Government is proposing that, from summer 2014, each person will be required to register to vote individually, rather than by household.

Under the proposed new system, individuals would be asked to provide 'identifying information', such as a date of birth and national insurance number, when they apply to register. This would allow each person's application to be verified before they were added to the register. People who were unable to supply this information would be able to provide an alternative form of evidence of their identity.

People who fail to register under the new system in 2014 would have their registration carried forward to 2015 - ensuring that they would be registered to vote at the 2015 UK general election. However, postal or proxy voters would need to register under the new system from 2014 or they would automatically lose the right to use this method of voting. Anyone who has moved house or changed their name would also be required to register under the new system.

People who have not moved house or do not require a postal or proxy vote would have until the end of the autumn 2015 annual canvass to register under the new system. Those who have not registered individually and had their identity verified by then would be removed from the register.