Policy paper

Using data matching to confirm electors: interim evaluation

This report evaluates 'confirmation’ (the process of using data matching to confirm electors on the electoral register) in England and Wales.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government



Confirmation matches the names and addresses of records on all Electoral Registration Officers’ (EROs) current electoral registers against data held by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Confirmation is an important part of the move to Individual Electoral Registration (IER), changing how people register to vote. Confirmation allows EROs to transfer existing electors who are successfully matched onto the first IER register: this will simplify the transition for most people.

This report was announced on 21 October 2014 and sets out the findings from confirmation in England and Wales.

Published 21 October 2014
Last updated 26 November 2014 + show all updates
  1. Added link to latest confirmation evaluation report.
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