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Register to Vote

On 10 June 2014, the way in which you register to vote changed. The Government introduced Individual Electoral Registration (IER) across the country. Previously, registration was done by the householder, who was responsible for completing the registration on behalf of all residents eligible to vote in the household. Under IER, everyone in the household who is eligible to vote is responsible for registering themselves.

The new process is quicker, more convenient and makes the electoral register more secure. Click here to register.

Further information is available here  

Why register?

If you are not on the register, you can’t vote and won’t have a say in how the country is run. Don’t lose your right to vote. There is a General Election in 2015 and there are also elections for the Borough Council and parish councils.

Being on the register is proof of your identity and is often used by credit reference agencies and mortgage companies. These companies check the register when people apply for credit, in order to counteract fraud.

Not only will you not be able to have a say at future elections, but if you don’t respond to requests for information from us, you could be at risk of getting fined £80.

How do I register?

Applying to register is easy. You can apply online at

Enter your name, address, date of birth, and your National Insurance number and a few other details (you can find your NI number on payslips, NI card etc).

You can ask us for a form by phone, email or in person if you prefer.

If you’re not sure whether you are registered under the new system contact the Borough Council on 0115 981 9911.

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