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 EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took effect from 25 May 2018. Together with the Data Protection Bill it will replace the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), and will apply to the processing of all personal data. Electoral Registration Officers and Returning Officers are personally responsible for ensuring that they comply with the requirements of the GDPR.
Data protection requirements have been in place for many years. Although the GDPR does broaden the requirements, particularly in relation to demonstrating accountability and transparency, many of the key principles are the same as those in the DPA 1998.
Our Privacy Notice can be found on our data protection page.
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
THE LOCAL AUTHORITY (REFERENDUMS) (PETITIONS) (ENGLAND) REGULATIONS 2011
The Local Government Act 2000 provides that electors in the council’s area can petition the council to hold a referendum on whether a local authority should change to a different form of governance.
A petition must be signed by at least five per cent of the local government electors for the district. In accordance with the above regulations, the number that is equal to five per cent of the number of local government electors shown in the revised register of electors having effect on the 15 February 2018 is 6,350. This figure will have effect for the purposes of determining the validity of petitions presented from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019.
Dated: 15 February 2018