About Individual Electoral Registration (IER)

Individual Electoral Registration gives everyone who is eligible to vote control over their own registration and the option to register online.


The electoral register has been around since 1832. The old system required a ‘head of household’ to submit an application on behalf of all those resident at an address – an outdated concept not recognised by many in today’s world. In 2014 we replaced this system with Individual Electoral Registration (IER), to improve the accuracy of the register and to make registration easier and more secure. We also introduced a new online application process, making it fit for the 21st century.