Why should I Register?
In order to vote at an election it is necessary to be on the Electoral Register. This is checked by the staff at the polling station and ballot papers are only issued to those people whose names appear on the register. There are no exceptions to this rule. You must confirm your details every year to vote.
- The information is required by law, any person failing to comply with the request for registration information or giving false information is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £1,000
- If you are not on the register you cannot vote
- Banks, Building Societies, credit companies and large stores require potential customers to be on the Register of Electors before approving credit applications
You can register to vote if you are:
- living at an address in Burnley
- 16 years old or over (although please note that you will be only actually be able to vote once you are 18 years old or over)
- a British or Commonwealth citizen
- a citizen of the Irish Republic or other European Union state not otherwise disqualified from registration.
If you are unsure whether you are registered or are eligible to vote please ring the Elections Office on 01282 477261.
The way we all register to vote has changed
The registration system changed in June 2014. The new system is called ‘Individual Electoral Registration’.
Individual Electoral Registration has been introduced to help tackle electoral fraud and enable online registration which will make it easier and more convenient for you to register to vote.
How is the new system different?
- You can now register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
- 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.
How do I register under the new system?
1) Go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
2) 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.
3) Look out for a confirmation to say you’re registered.
If I am already on the electoral register will I need to do anything?
Every year, usually around July or August, you will received a form asking you to check that the information on the electoral register at your address is correct.
You need to check the form, amend it if necessary, and return it as soon as possible.
Most people will already be registered and you will simply be confirming that the details are correct.
If you are not currently registered, you will be sent a form, or you can apply online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
If you need any help, do contact the Electoral Services helpline – 01282 477261 or 01282 477263 - staff will be able to help you.