There is a new way the electoral register is compiled. It is changing to a system called Individual Electoral Registration, IER.
Everyone will need to register in order to be able to vote in elections and referendums. The way you register to vote changed in England and Wales on 10 June 2014 and will change in Scotland from 19 September 2014. The Government have just started an information campaign and the link below will take you to You Tube and the television advert for this campaign.
Registering to vote
The new system of registration means:
- You can now register quickly and easily online, rather than using a paper form, which you can do here: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
- Everyone has become responsible for registering themselves. Previously the ‘head of every household’ registered everyone who lived at their address
- You will need to provide your National Insurance number and date of birth when you register
If you don't register you will not be able to use your postal or proxy vote.