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Registering to vote

The way we all register to vote has changed

The registration system changed in June 2014. The new system is called Individual Electoral Registration.

Everyone is responsible for registering themselves. Under the old system the ‘head of every household’ could register everyone who lived at their address.

Registering 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.

Viewing the current Register of Electors

A full copy of the current electoral register is available to view at the Civic Centre and Wyre District Library during normal office hours.

Inspection of the current register will be under supervision.

You can take extracts from the current register, but only by hand written notes.

Information taken must not be used for direct marketing purposes, in accordance with the Data Protection Act, unless it has been published in the edited version of the register of electors.

Anyone who fails to observe these conditions is committing a criminal offence and will be charged a penalty of up to £5,000.

The electoral register and the 'open register'

Everyone’s name and address goes on the full version of the electoral register. The full version of the register is only used for:

  • elections
  • preventing and detecting crime
  • checking applications for loans or credit

Opting out of the ‘open register’

You can opt out of the ‘open register’ - the version of the register that’s available to anyone who wants to buy a copy.

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