Registering to Vote / The Electoral Register
The way we all register to vote has changed
The registration system changed in June 2014. The new system is called ‘Individual Electoral Registration’ (IER) and is the biggest change to the voter registration system in 100 years.
Most people who are already registered will be transferred automatically to the new register. However some people will need to re-register in the County Borough of Wrexham. There are also people in the area who are not registered to vote at all and so need to register to have their say in elections.
If you weren’t registered previously, you can register under the new system at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote:
For more information, please select an area below:
How is the new system different?
- You can now register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or over the phone by ringing 01978 292020
- Everyone is 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. Please ensure you have these to hand if you are using the online or telephone registration method.
How do I register under the new system?
- Go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
- Fill in your name, address, date of birth and a few other details. You’ll 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.
- Look out for a confirmation to say you’re registered.
Will I need to do anything?
- Look out for a letter in August 2014
Most people who are already registered to vote will be registered automatically under the new system. They do not need to do anything. However, some people will need to take action to join the new register. We are writing to people to tell them whether they need to take action.
- Respond to the letter if you are asked to
The letter will tell you whether you are on the new register or whether you need to take action. It will tell you what to do.
Registers are managed locally by registration officers. Using information received from the public, registration officers keep two 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 is also used for other limited purposes specified in law, such as detecting crime (eg, fraud), calling people for jury service and checking credit applications.
The Open Register
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. For example, it is used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details.
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. You can ask for them to be removed by contacting electoral services.
You can find contact details by entering your postcode at www.aboutmyvote.co.uk
How do I join or get removed from the open register?
If you are registering online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote you can click the checkbox if you do not want your name and address listed on the open register.
You can also change your opt-out preference at any time by contacting electoral services stating your full name, address and an indication of whether you wish to be included in or omitted from the open register.
Viewing the full register
You can inspect the full electoral register at any time at The Guildhall, Wrexham, LL11 1AY
- Inspection of the register will be under supervision.
- You can take extracts from the register, but only by hand written notes.
- Information taken must not be used for direct marketing purposes, in accordance with the Data Protection Act, unless it has been published in the edited version.