Electoral Registration / Elections
You may have recently received a Householder Notification letter and require clarification about following wording contained within the document, please refer to the note of explanation below -
Wording in Household Notification Letter
NOTE – Please note that if your name appears on the list overleaf but you have not responded to an Invitation to Register from under the new system of Individual Electoral Registration (you now need to provide your date of birth and National Insurance number) you will not be able to apply for a postal vote until you register under the new system.
Note of Explanation
If you are not individually registered you will have received a number of letters and invitations to register over the past few months asking you to provide your national insurance number and date of birth – if you have not received these letters you do not need to do anything further.
To check if you are on the register of electors call 01253 658542 / 658503
Eligibility to register to vote:
In order to register to vote you must be:
- 18 years old or over
- a British, Commonwealth, Irish or European Union citizen and
- living in the Fylde Borough.
You can check if your name is on the electoral register by contacting the Council (01253 658658) or firstname.lastname@example.org
From 10 June 2014 as part of Individual Electoral Registration you can register online www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. If you are unable to register online ring electoral services on 01253 658503.
To register you will need your:
- address and previous address
- date of birth
- national insurance number
Please note, completing your registration online does not confirm that you are on the register. You will receive a confirmation letter from us, or we will be in touch if we need any further information.
What if I move house?
When you move into a new property you need to follow the steps above to register individually.
What is IER?
From 10 June 2014 Individual Electoral Registration (IER) was introduced, all new registration applications can only be done individually. More information can be found on the IER page of the website.
Versions of the register
Using information received from the public, registration officers keep two registers - the electoral register and the open register (also known as the edited register)
The electoral register
The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in public elections. The register is used for electoral purposes, such as making sure only eligible people can vote. It is also used for other limited purposes specified in law, such as detecting crime (e.g. fraud), calling people for jury service and checking credit applications.
The open register
The open register is an extract of the electoral register, but is not used for elections. It can be bought by any person, company or organisation. For example, it is used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details. Your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed. Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote.
You can find more information about both registers and how they may be used at www.gov.uk/yourvotematters.
Alternatively contact your local Elections office on 01253 658503 / 658542 or email@example.com.