Individual Electoral Registration

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Individual Electoral Registration (IER)

The government is introducing a new system for registering to vote called Individual Electoral Registration or IER.

Below is a list of possible questions you may have regarding IER and corresponding answers.

Why are changes being made to the current electoral registration process?
The process of getting onto the electoral register is changing from a property-based system (where one person in the household completes the form on behalf of everyone living in the property) to one where every individual must register themselves.  This change is being introduced nationally by the Government to help deter elector fraud and so that people are able to take individual responsibility for their own vote.  The aim is to improve the integrity of the system and engagement with each potential voter.

How will IER differ to the current way of registering to vote?
With the new individual registration form replacing the out-dated household application form people will have more control over registration and be able to take ownership of the process. IER will bring electoral registration into the 21st century with the introduction of online registration for everyone who is eligible.

Will registering under IER be complicated?
No, registering to vote under the new system will be straightforward. With the additional option of online registration, the process will be greatly improved.

When is IER being introduced?
The transition to IER took place in the summer of 2014, following the local and European elections.

What happens after 2014?
From 2015 onwards, we will conduct a full canvass in a similar way to the current arrangements; that is, we will canvass all properties in the Borough each year.  However, this will be a much larger form called a Household Enquiry Form.  If the information we get back on a form does not match our records we will send out an invitation to register form to each of the affected electors in that property.  When completing the invitation, the new legislation requires individuals to provide their national insurance number and date of birth, so that this can be checked against DWP records. 

Where can I find more information on IER?