The way we all register to vote has changed. The new system is called 'Individual Electoral Registration' (IER). Everyone is now responsible for registering themselves. Under the old system the 'head of every household' could register everyone who lived at their address. You need to provide a few more details to register - including your national insurance number and date of birth. This makes the electoral register more secure. Further information about IER is available from www.electoralcommission.org.uk
How do I register under the new system? - Go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and fill in your name, address, date of birth and a few other details. You will also need your national insurance number, which can be found on your national insurance card, or in official paperwork such as payslips, or letters about benefits or tax credits. If you have any problems or questions, please call the Electoral Services Team.
The register is not a static document. We now add the names of new applicants, remove the names of electors who have died or moved away, and alter names, for example, where electors have married, at all times during the year. If you do not appear on the register, or you believe your details are inaccurate please contact us.
If you move house we need to know your new details. Please register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or contact the Electoral Services Team.
The easiest way to check if you are on the register is to contact us, or you can call into the Civic Centre or the City Library and inspect the register.
The City Council keeps a Register of Electors. Only people whose names appear on the register are allowed to vote. There are two versions of the Register:
- The Full Register of electors lists everyone who is entitled to vote. It is available to check, under supervision, at the Civic Centre, the Central Library and some local libraries. It is also used by other organisations for prevention and detection of crime and checking your identity when you apply for credit. The law states who can have a copy of the full register and what it can be used for.
- The Open Register is available for sale to anyone that requests a copy and can be used for any purpose. If you do not want your details to be sold on please place a tick in the appropriate column on the registration form. All occupiers must be asked individually if they want to opt out of the Open Register.
It's important that everybody has the chance to speak up and have their say. Our local councillors make decisions that affect you now as well as what the city will be like in the future. They decide how we best manage national policies, with everything from changes in education to benefits to housing.
Please note that due to data protection Electoral Services are unable to supply any information from the Register of Electors.
Contact - Electoral Services, Newcastle City Council, Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QH
Phone: 0191 278 7878 (and ask for Electoral Services)