The way you register to vote has changed. You can now register online as part of a new system called Individual Electoral Registration or IER.
IER has been introduced nationally to help tackle electoral fraud and enable online registration, which will make it easier and more convenient for you to register to vote.
Previously one person in every household was responsible for registering to vote all eligible residents at their address.
The new system now means that each person will need to register to vote individually, providing their national insurance number and date of birth as identifying information. This will enable applications to be verified before they are added to the register
Sefton’s Electoral Register will be compared to the Department for Work and Pension (DWP) records to confirm elector details are correct. This transfer will be carried out through a secure system that has been thoroughly tested by the Government.
If your details match, you will be included in the new register published on 1 December 2014.
If your details don't match (as you may have moved house since your DWP records were last updated or may not have been included in the annual canvass) we will send you an 'invitation to register' letter explaining what you need to do.
Properties without any registered electors will be sent a household enquiry form to collect the names of any residents.
If you fail to register (following reminder letters and a personal visit), your details will be removed from the December 2015 register. You will not be able to vote until you register.
If you are a postal or proxy voter and you are sent an invitation to register form, then you must register under the new IER system or you will automatically lose the right to use this method of absent voting at the next elections following the publication of the 2014 register.
However, if you are a postal or proxy voter you must register under the new IER system or you will automatically lose the right to use this method of absent voting at the next elections following the publication of the 1 December 2014 Electoral Register.
You don’t need to register again unless you change address.
You should however return the household enquiry form that you will receive every year that confirms who is living in your household. You should also inform us if any of your details (such as your name) change.
No, voting processes haven’t changed. However, if you want to vote by post or proxy you will need to ensure that you are registered under the new system.