Individual electoral registration (IER) will give everyone who is eligible to vote control over their registration. The new online process will be quicker, convenient and more secure.
Transition to IER will take place in England and Wales in June 2014. It will be introduced in Scotland after the referendum in September 2014.
1. Why is the system being changed?
Voting is fundamental to creating a fairer society. We have a good record at present, almost 90% of people who are eligible to vote are on the register.
But this could be better - there are some groups who are under-represented on the register and we want to change that, so everyone can have a genuine say in the running of the country both at local and national level.
Being able to register online will make it much easier for everyone to get involved.
2. Getting on the register
If you’re registered before June 2014 in England and Wales, and September 2014 in Scotland, most people should be automatically transferred to IER and do not need to do anything else.
Some people will need to provide additional information in order to stay on the register. We will let you know how to do this, when to do it and provide you with help if you need it.
If you need to register under the new system, the process is simple.
You will be asked to give your name, national insurance number and date of birth. This information will be checked to verify you are eligible to vote.
3. What’s in it for you?
If you aren’t on the register, you can’t vote – simple as that. You will have no say in who runs the country and how it happens.
By registering to vote you are playing your role as a British citizen and joining the vast majority of people who are already registered to vote in this country.
Previous generations have campaigned, fought and died to preserve and improve our democracy, don’t lose your right to vote. Register today.