The way people register to vote has changed. A new system of registration was introduced in June 2014 to ensure greater confidence as to the identity of electors and improve access to the registration process.
Individual registration will require each person to register themselves and to provide personal identifiers - date of birth and national insurance number. This will allow registration officers to cross check the information provided against national databases and other council records before a person is added to the register. You can also register online making it easier and quicker.
To register online under the new system visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
Fill in your name, address, date of birth and other information. 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.
When your information is verified, we will send you a letter to confirm that you will be included on the electoral register.
No access to the internet?
If you do not have internet access, you can use computers in local libraries and internet cafes, or you can apply to register by telephone, using the Voter Registration Helpline (01642) 526196. (Please note you will still need to provide your date of birth and national insurance number). We can also send you a paper registration from for you to fill in and send back to us.
You need to be on the electoral register to vote in local and UK elections and referendums. As well as being able to vote, there are other reasons why your name should be on the electoral register:
Who can register to vote?
The following people can register to vote:
Don't forget that you don't have to attend elections in person to vote. You can register to vote by post or by proxy. And voting by post is quick and easy! As part of the important security measures all postal and proxy voters must provide a fresh signature specimen every five years.
Everyone who is required to submit a fresh signature will receive a new application from the electoral services office which they must complete and return in the pre-paid envelope provided.
More information can be found at www.gov.uk/yourvotematters.