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Individual Electoral Registration  

On 10 June 2014, the Individual Electoral Registration (IER) was introduced. Instead of using a household form to register to vote, everyone will take individual responsibility for their own registration.  

In order to apply, a person will need to provide their National Insurance Number and date of birth. This will be used to verify that the person making the application is who they say they are and will in turn reduce the risk of fraud and inaccurate entries on the register.  

With IER, for the first time, people will also be able to register online.  IER will make registering to vote safer and more convenient.  

Registering to vote  

From June 2014, any new application to register will be made individually.  It can be made online/or by downloading a paper form from www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Applications will be checked against government records before they can be added to the register.  An IER Digital Service has been created to support Electoral Registration Officers carrying this out.  

All currently registered electors will have their name and address checked against government records so that they can be confirmed under IER. The vast majority of those on the register will be confirmed and will be automatically transferred to the IER register without having to do anything.  

Each currently registered elector will then receive a letter from Forest Heath District Council stating that:  

  • you have been confirmed and been successfully transferred to the IER register and do not need to do anything further; or  
  • you will need to provide additional information in order to be registered under IER.  

The revised registers will be published in December 2014.  Anybody that successfully applied to go on the register at the last pre IER canvass held in (2013-2014), or subsequently, will not be removed from the register before December 2015.   

The Electoral Register and Open Register  

Using information received from the public, the Electoral Registration Officer will keep two versions of the registers, the electoral register and the open register (also known as the edited register).   

The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in public elections. The register is used for electoral purposes, such as making sure only eligible people can vote. It can also be used for other limited purposes specified in law, such as detecting crime (for example fraud), calling people for jury service and checking credit applications.

The open register is an extract of the electoral register, but is not used for elections. It can be bought by any person, company or organisation. Your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed.  Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote. 

Postal voting

If you would find it more convenient to have your voting papers sent to you at home you can apply for a postal vote. A separate form needs to be completed for each person wanting to vote by post.

Postal votes are sent out between one and two weeks before an election, depending on when you make your application. The final deadline for applications is 5pm, eleven working days before the election.

The address for posting back applications is given on the form. Completed applications can be faxed to 01638 716493  or a scanned attachment sent to elections@forest-heath.gov.uk.

Download the Application to vote by post form

Proxy voting

If you are unable to get to the polling station to vote in person and do not want to vote by post you can appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf . Unlike postal voting when you apply for a proxy vote you have to indicate why you are unable to vote in person. The deadline for new applications is the same as for postal voting, that is 5pm, six working days before the election. The address for posting back applications is given on the form. Completed applications can be faxed to 01638 716493  or a scanned attachment sent to elections@forest-heath.gov.uk.

Download the Application to vote by proxy form

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