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Electoral Roll - Registering to Vote. Individual Electoral Registration
Frequently Asked Questions:
The Register of Electors is a list of everyone in the District who is eligible to vote. You are only entitled to vote if your name appears on this Register; if you have moved during the year you should go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or contact the council you have moved to.
The revised register is published every year on the 1 December.
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 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?
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) Look out for a confirmation to say you're registered.
If you do not register, you will not be able to vote at any election. The Register of Electors is used by credit reference agencies to verify residency of persons applying for credit. It could be more difficult to get credit if you are not on the register.
It is a criminal offence not to complete and return the annual household enquiry form, or to provide inaccurate or false information; liable to a fine up to £1,000.
To be eligible for inclusion on the register, you must be:
- Over 18, or reach the age of 18 during the period in which the register is in operation (from 1 December each year to 30 November in the following year).
- A British or Commonwealth Citizen, a citizen of the Irish Republic or a citizen of the European Union.
You may be asked to produce evidence to support any information you give.
Citizens of European Union countries resident in the District are entitled to register and vote at local elections (District, County and Parish) and also European Parliamentary elections and referenda. Separate arrangements are made to register members of HM Armed Forces; Crown Servants living abroad; Overseas Electors (British Citizens living abroad); people with no fixed address in the area who can register by means of a "declaration of local connection" patients in mental hospitals; and prisoners on remand.
1) Look out for a letter between mid July and Early August. You must respond to it.
2) If the details in the letter are correct, let us know. Similarly, if the details are not up to date, please inform us. Details of how to respond are on the letter. Any new people added to the property will need to register individually and we will contact them and explain how to do this.
Yes please, but it is completely up to you. However, you should let the council you move to know else you may not be able to vote in their elections.
There are two registers. Why? Using information received from the public, registration officers keep two registers – the electoral register and the open register (also known as the edited register).
The full electoral register. Thisists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in the area in public elections. The full register is used for electoral purposes, such as making sure only eligible people can vote. It is also used for other limited purposes specified in law, such as:
• detecting crime (e.g. fraud)
• calling people for jury service
• checking credit applications.
The "open" register
The "open" register is an extract of the electoral register, but it is not used for elections. It can be bought by any person, company or organisation. For example, it is used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details.Your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed. Removing your details from the open register may reduce the amount of junk mail you receive but does not affect your right to vote.
You can find more information about both registers and how they may be used at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
The full electoral register is available for inspection at the Council Offices in Elizabeth House, Stratford upon Avon.
Please note that in accordance with the Representation of the People (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2002, the following rules apply to persons inspecting the Register of Electors:-
- The register is open to public inspection, under supervision
- Extracts from the register may be recorded only by making hand written notes. Photocopying or electronic recording are not permitted by law
- Information taken from the Register must not be used for direct marketing purposes (as per section 11(3) of the Data Protection Act 1998), unless the information has been published in the edited version of the register.
Under these regulations anyone who fails to observe these conditions is committing a criminal offence. The penalty is a fine of up £5000.
Alternatively you can contact us by calling 01789 260208 to check if you are already registered to vote.
To find out more go to www.gov.uk/yourvotematters