The way we all register to vote has changed
This is the biggest change to the voter registration system in 100 years.
How is the system different?
From June 2014 the registration system has changed. The new system is called ‘Individual Electoral Registration’. Previously, the ‘head of household’ was responsible for registering everyone who lived at an address, but now every individual is responsible for their own voter registration.
You can now register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
You need to provide a few more details to register – including your National Insurance Number and date of birth.
Will I need to do anything?
A letter was sent out at the end of July 2014.
Most people who were already registered to vote were registered automatically under the new system. They did not need to do anything. However, some people will have needed to take action to join the new register. We wrote to people to tell them whether they needed to take action.
Respond to the letter if you were 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.
To find out more go to www.gov.uk/yourvotematters