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Registering To Vote

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The way we register to vote changed in June 2014. If you want to vote in future elections in Leicester, you can now register online. The new system is called individual electoral registration.


How is the system different?

Everyone now has to register individually, rather than the head of a household providing details for everyone living at that address.


You now have to provide a few more details to register, including your date of birth and national insurance number. And for the first time, you can now register online.  


Why has the system changed?

Because the system asks for a few more details before you are added to the register, it means it will be more secure and resistant to fraud.


The system has also been changed to allow more convenient ways of registering to be introduced, including online and over the phone, and aims to increase the number of people in the UK who are registered to vote.


How do I register?

Most people who are already registered to vote will be registered automatically under the new system. They will not need to do anything.


We sent out letters in July 2014 to let you know whether you are on the new register or whether you need to take action. More information is available if you are unsure what your letter means.


If you’ve received a letter saying you’ve been automatically registered, you do not need to do anything. 


If you’ve received a letter saying you need to re-register, you can register online. If you can't get online, registration forms are available from all our customer service centres. 


You can find your national insurance number on payslips, tax returns and benefit letters. More information is available at GOV.UK if you don't know it or have lost it. 


Why should I register?

Registering to vote enables you to have your say and take part in the democratic process, which decides how the city and the country is run.


Your credit rating may be affected if you're not on the electoral register, which might affect your ability to get a mortgage, loan or mobile phone contract.


How do I know if I’m registered?

You can visit our customer service centre at 91 Granby Street, or call us on 0116 454 2000. 


The centre is open from 8.30am to 5pm from Monday to Thursday, and 8.30am to 4.30pm on Fridays (except bank holidays).


Can I still vote by post?

 

Yes. If you have automatically been added to the new register and you previously had a postal vote, you will continue to be able to vote by post. If you’re not registered, you can request a postal vote by filling in an online form.


Will I still get an annual canvass form?

 

No - you will receive a new type of form called a household enquiry form, which you should use to confirm who lives in your home. You don’t need to register every year unless you change address.


Versions of the register

There are two versions of the register: the electoral register and the open register.


The electoral register lists everyone who is entitled to vote. The law restricts who can access this and what the information can be used for. Examples include for crime prevention and credit checking.


The open register is an extract of the electoral register, but it is not used for elections. It can be bought by anyone, and used for any purpose, such as marketing. 


Your name and address will be included on the open register unless you ask for them to be removed. If you want to be removed from the open register, you can fill in an online form, or download the form at the bottom of the page and return it to us.


You can also see the electoral register at Bishop Street Central Library.


More information is available on how to vote.


Elsewhere on the web

More information on individual electoral registration at GOV.UK