- Changes to the way you can register to vote
- Viewing the Electoral Register
- How to get in touch with us
The way we all register to vote has changed
In July 2014, the Electoral Registration system in England and Wales changed to a new process called ‘Individual Electoral Registration’. The change means that individual electors are now responsible for their own registration rather than having one person in each household complete the annual registration form on behalf of all eligible residents.
It is also be possible, for the first time, to fully complete registration online. The change modernises the registration process to give a more accurate and complete register with better protection against electoral fraud.
- Find out below what you need to do to ensure you’re able to vote
How is the new system different?
- Everyone is now 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.
- You can now register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote (external link)
What do I need to do?
- 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 have written to people to tell them whether they need to take action or not.
- The letter will tell you whether you are on the new register, and do not need to do anything, or whether you need to take action.
- Respond to the letter if you are asked to.
How do I register under the new system?
- Go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote (external link)
- 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.
- After you’ve completed the first two steps, look out for a confirmation to say you’re registered.
- If you do not have access to a computer, contact us at Haringey Elections Office , Civic Centre, High Road Wood Green N22 8LE or on the Haringey number 020 8489 1000 where we will be able to help either over the phone or send a paper version of the application.
You may also need to register under the new system if:
- You receive a letter telling you that you need to re-register
- You have changed address since you received a confirmation that you were registered
- You have moved into the borough recently
- You did not receive a letter
To find out more go to www.gov.uk/yourvotematters (external link)
Viewing the Electoral Register
The full register lists everyone who is entitled to vote. If you would like to view the register, please call us to make an appointment. Only certain people and organisations can have copies of the full register, and they can only use it for specified purposes. These include electoral purposes, the prevention and detection of crime and checking your identity when applying for credit. The law says who can have a copy of the full register and what they can use it for.
The full list of such persons and purposes is given in the Representation of the People (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2002. It is a criminal offence for them to pass it on to anyone else or to use it for any other purpose.
The edited register leaves out the names and addresses of people who have asked for them to be excluded from that version of the register. The edited register can be bought by anyone who asks for a copy and they may use it for any purpose. Get in touch with us via the contact details below to find out more.
How to get in touch with us
For further help or information, please contact us on:
Tel 020 8489 1000
You can also visit our electoral registration office. The office is open 8.45am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
Alternatively, you can write to the Electoral Registration team at:
The Electoral Registration Office P.O. Box 264 Civic Centre High Road London N22 8LE