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
Who can register to vote?
To register to vote, you must:
- Be resident in the electoral area
- Be a qualifying British, Irish, Commonwealth or European Union citizen
- Be 16 or over (you must be 18 or over to vote)
- Not be subject to any legal incapacity to vote
Other groups can register to vote in special circumstances:
How do I register to vote?
What happens to the information I provide?
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.