Electoral registration

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The way we all register to vote has changed

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.

Will I need to do anything?

  1. Look out for a letter between August and September
    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.
  2. 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.

Do I need to do anything?

If you received a letter confirming you are registered under the new system you do not need to do anything.

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

  • You received a letter telling you that you needed to re-register, or
  • You have changed address since you received a confirmation that you were registered, or
  • you did not receive a letter

To find out more go to the Gov.uk website.

Related pages

Electoral nominations

Postal / proxy voting

Election results 

Eligible nationalities 

Useful links

Gov.uk - Register to vote

Contact details

Electoral Services Office
Stevenage Borough Council
Daneshill House

01438 242213