Electoral register

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The Electoral Register is a record of everybody eligible to vote within the boundaries of the local authority.

The way we all register to vote has changed.

Individual Electoral Registration (IER) is the new system of voter registration that came into effect on 10th June 2014 in England and Wales. Previously, the ‘head of the household’ was responsible for registering everyone who lived at an address. Under IER every individual is now responsible for their own voter registration.

The new system allows people to register online by completing a form at: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

If you have any queries please view the FAQs below or contact the electoral services office on the details provided.

Individual Electoral Registration is the biggest change to the voter registration system in 100 years. To find out more, visit Your Vote Matters.

Contacting the electoral services office

Electoral Service Office
St Albans City and District Council
Civic Centre
St Peters Street
St Albans
AL1 3JE

Tel: 01727 819294
Email: elections@stalbans.gov.uk

Frequently Asked Questions

Please see below:

Why is voter registration changing?

Individual Electoral Registration gives each person the right and responsibility to register themselves to vote, encouraging people to take responsibility for their own voter registration.

The new system means that for the first time people are able to register online, making the process quicker and more convenient for many. The new system also checks details such as your National Insurance number and date of birth against official records, making the electoral register more secure.

Individual Electoral Registration was introduced by the UK Government through the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 which became law on 31st January 2013.

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How do I register to vote?

If you are not currently registered to vote, you can apply online at https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
If you have recently moved into or within St Albans City and District, you can ensure that you are registered at your new address by applying at https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

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I’m unable to register online, how can I register to vote?

If you are unable to register online, please contact Electoral Services on 01727 819294 and we will arrange for a paper registration form to be posted out to you.

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I know that I am currently registered at my address, do I need to re-register?

Most residents who are already on the electoral register will be automatically registered under the new IER system. These residents will receive a Confirmation Letter at the beginning of August informing them that they have been successfully transferred to the new system. They will not need to take any action – they are still registered and can continue to vote in the same way as usual.
A small number of residents will need to provide additional information before they can be transferred to the IER system. This is because, for a variety of reasons, some people will not be confirmed automatically. These residents will receive an Invitation to Register letter through the post at the beginning of August. They can either re-register online at https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote, or complete and return the form included with their letter.

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I’ve received an Invitation to Register, can I still vote if I don’t register?

It is important that you respond to an Invitation to Register if you receive one. You can do this online at https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote, or by completing and returning the form included with your letter in the envelope provided.
If you do not respond to an Invitation to Register, we will send you reminders through the post and someone may visit your home.
A special process has been put in place that will allow you to vote in elections until December 2015 even if you don’t re-register.  However, it is very important that you re-register as soon as possible as you will eventually lose your vote if you are not registered under IER.
If you currently vote by post or proxy, you will need to re-register to continue to do so. If you do not re-register under IER, you will only be able to vote in person at your local polling station.

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I’ve received a Confirmation Letter but my details are wrong, how do I change them?

If your name has changed you can register the change online at https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. Alternatively, you can complete a paper ‘Change of Name’ form which must be supported by evidence of your name change, such as a deed poll certificate or a marriage certificate.
If any other details have changed, for example if you have turned 70 or changed your nationality, or to a request a paper ‘Change of Name’ form, please contact Electoral Services on 01727 819294 or elections@stalbans.gov.uk

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Is the data that I enter online secure?

The online application process is secure. It has been independently tested, and meets best practice guidelines for data security.

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What is the ‘open’ register?

Electoral Registration Officers hold two versions of the electoral register – the electoral register and the open register (previously known as the edited register).
The electoral register lists all electors who are currently registered to vote and is primarily used for electoral purposes. It can also be used for some other limited purposes such as law enforcement and checking credit applications.
The open register is an edited version of the electoral register, and can be bought by any person or company. For example, it may be used by charities and businesses to check name and address details. You can ‘opt-out’ of the open register at any time, meaning that your details will not appear on the open register. This does not affect your right to vote.
More information about the two versions of the electoral register is available here.

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I’m not sure of my National Insurance number, where can I find it?

You can find your National Insurance number on a variety of official paperwork, such as your payslip, p60, tax return, or benefits’ documents. If you are still unable to find your National Insurance number, you can visit the following website: www.gov.uk/lost-national-insurance-number, or call 0300 200 3502.
Most people in the UK have a National Insurance number. However, if you’ve never been given one you can still apply to be added to the electoral register. When you apply, you will be asked the reason that you are unable to provide a National Insurance number and you may need to provide the Electoral Services office with proof of your identity. 

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Date of last review: 22 July 2014