You need to be registered to vote in UK elections and referendums. Everyone who is registered to vote is listed on the electoral register.
A new electoral registration system called Individual Electoral Registration (IER) was brought in recently. This means:
- you are now responsible for registering yourself to vote.
- you need to provide your national insurance number and date of birth
- you can now register online
Annual canvass 2015
We carry out a canvass each year to make sure the electoral register is up to date. The process has changed this year because of Individual Electoral Registration.
We'll be sending every household in Dumfries and Galloway a form in early August. You'll need to confirm that we have the correct details for the people living at your address who are registered to vote. We are also requesting the details of:
- anyone who will be 15 by 30 November 2015 (the age for voting in Scottish Parliamentary and Local Government elections has been lowered to 16)
We won't publish personal details of anyone under 16 in the open electoral register.
You can make changes or confirm details in one of three ways:
- Visit http://registerbyinternet.com/dumgal (You'll need the two part security code from the form)
- Phone 0800 197 9871 or text NOCHANGE followed by your security code to 80212
- Complete and sign the form before returning it in the pre-paid envelope
Who can register
To register to vote, you must:
- Be resident in the electoral area
- Be a qualifying British, Irish, Commonwealth or European Union citizen
- Be 15 or over on 30 November 2015 (you must be 16 or over to vote in the Scottish Parliamentary or Local Government Elections and 18 or over to vote in the UK or European Parliamentary Elections )
- Not be subject to any legal incapacity to vote
Other groups can register to vote in special circumstances:
How to register
Register of Electors
Everyone who is registered to vote is listed on the electoral register.
The Electoral Registration Officer keeps an electoral register and an open register (also known as the edited register) using information provided by the public.