Register to vote & FAQs

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Register to vote online now by completing a form at: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Individual Electoral Registration (IER)

If you have any queries please view the FAQs below or contact the electoral services office on the details provided.

Individual Electoral Registration is the biggest change to the voter registration system in 100 years. To find out more, visit Your Vote Matters.

For information on the two different versions of the register, please see here.

Rolling Registration Dates 2018

Revised Register of Electors published 1st December 2017
Rolling Registration Dates 2018
Last date for applicationsAlteration notice (Publication date)
Monday 11 December 2017Tuesday 2 January 2018
Wednesday 10 January 2018Thursday 1 February 2018
Wednesday 7 February 2018Thursday 1 March 2018
Monday 12 March 2018Tuesday 3 April 2018
Monday 9 April 2018Tuesday 1 May 2018
Thursday 10 May 2018Friday 1 June 2018
Friday 8 June 2018Monday 2 July 2018
Tuesday 10 July 2018Wednesday 1 August 2018
Friday 10 August 2018Monday 3 September 2018
Annual Household Voter Registration Canvass

Frequently Asked Questions

Please see below:

Am I registered to vote?

• If you are registered to vote, you should receive a poll card shortly before the election.
• If you are unsure whether you are registered to vote, please contact the Electoral Services team on 01727 819294 or email elections@stalbans.gov.uk

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I'm not registered to vote. How do I register?

You can register to vote by completing an online application form at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. This form should only take a few minutes to complete. You will need your National Insurance number to hand if you have been issued one.
If you are unable to complete an online application form, please contact the Electoral Services team on 01727 819294 or elections@stalbans.gov.uk. We can then arrange for a paper form to be posted out to you.

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I’m not sure of my National Insurance number, where can I find it?

You can find your National Insurance number on a variety of official paperwork, such as your payslip, p60, tax return, or benefits’ documents. If you are still unable to find your National Insurance number, you can visit the following website: www.gov.uk/lost-national-insurance-number, or call 0300 200 3502.
Most people in the UK have a National Insurance number. However, if you’ve never been given one you can still apply to be added to the electoral register. When you apply, you will be asked the reason that you are unable to provide a National Insurance number and you may need to provide the Electoral Services office with proof of your identity. 

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Is the data that I enter online secure?

The online application process is secure. It has been independently tested, and meets best practice guidelines for data security.

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How can I amend my details?

If your name has changed you can register the change online at https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. Alternatively, you can complete a paper ‘Change of Name’ form which must be supported by evidence of your name change, such as a deed poll certificate or a marriage certificate.
If any other details have changed, for example if you have turned 76 or changed your nationality, or to a request a paper ‘Change of Name’ form, please contact Electoral Services on 01727 819294 or elections@stalbans.gov.uk

If you have changed address you will need to reregister. This can be done online at https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or you can contact Electoral Services and request a paper form.  

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What is the ‘open’ register?

Electoral Registration Officers hold two versions of the electoral register – the electoral register and the open register (previously known as the edited register).
The electoral register lists all electors who are currently registered to vote and is primarily used for electoral purposes. It can also be used for some other limited purposes such as law enforcement and checking credit applications.
The open register is an edited version of the electoral register, and can be bought by any person or company. For example, it may be used by charities and businesses to check name and address details. You can ‘opt-out’ of the open register at any time, meaning that your details will not appear on the open register. This does not affect your right to vote.
More information about the two versions of the electoral register is available here.

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Date of last review: 23 November 2017