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Register to vote

The way you register to vote in England has changed. Instead of using a household form to register to vote, everyone will now take individual responsibility for their own registration. This is known as Individual Electoral Registration (IER). The new national electoral registration system started on 10 June 2014.

You can now register online, quickly and easily. If you are not registered you cannot vote.

How do I register?

You can now register online in just five minutes. You'll need to give your name, address, date of birth and national insurance number. 

You can find your national insurance number on documents such as payslips, letters about benefits and tax returns. What to do if you can't find your national insurance number.

Register to vote on GOV.UK    

Why do I need to register to vote?    

  • Residents have to be on the full electoral register by law. Failure to register can incur a civil penalty of £80
  • You can only vote in an election if you register to vote
  • Credit Reference Agencies use the electoral register when checking if a person has a good credit rating. If you aren't listed you may have difficulty applying for a loan, credit card, mortgage, or in opening a bank account
  • Under certain circumstances you can register anonymously but will have to follow legal procedures to do so

The Register of Electors

We produce two versions of the register of electors, the full register and the open register.

The full register includes the name and address of everyone in North Lincolnshire who has registered to vote. Anyone can view the register during office hours at Civic Centre, Ashby Road, Scunthorpe, DN16 1AB. You can also view a copy at North Lincolnshire Central Library, Barton Library and Brigg Library.

By law, only certain people and organisations can have copies of the full register and it can only be used for certain things, such as elections, law enforcement and checking applications for credit. It is a criminal offence for any of these organisations to pass on information from the full register to anyone else.

The open register can be bought by anyone and used for any reason. You can choose not to be on the open register.

How can I opt in or out of the open register?

To opt in (be put back on the open register) or opt out (be removed from the open register). You can either:

  • Fill out a new full registration online on the GOV.UK website and opt in or out when asked about the open register
  • Call the elections office during opening hours on 01724 296245

Opt in/out of the open register on GOV.UK 

Who can register to vote in North Lincolnshire?

To register to vote in North Lincolnshire you must:

  • live in the district;
  • be 18 years of age or over or must turn 18 during the life of the register;
  • be a British, Irish, Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of the European Union. See list of    Commonwealth and EU countries [PDF, 11Kb].

Students can register at their home and their term time address but they cannot vote twice in a UK Parliamentary or European Parliamentary election.

When will I be registered – Rolling Registration?

Once the new register is published in December the register is updated every month up until September. This is known as rolling registration. In the autumn an annual canvass is done to compile the new register.

Publication of verification number

In accordance with the Local Authorities (Referendums)(Petitions)(England) Regulations 2011, we have published our verification number [DOC, 7Kb].


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Contact details


01724 296245

Elections Office
Civic Centre
Ashby Road
North Lincolnshire
DN16 1AB

Opening hours

Monday to Thursday: 9am to 5pm

Friday: 9am to 4.30pm

Last updated: 13/03/2018