Changes to electoral registration in Britain

From 10 June 2014 new rules come in to force regarding registering to vote.

Under the new Individual Electoral Registration (IER) rules you will need to provide 'identifying information', such as your date of birth and national insurance number, when applying to register and your application will need to be verified before you are added to the register. Anyone unable to supply this information would be able to provide an alternative form of evidence of their identity.

Lambeth Council will be conducting a canvass of the borough to ensure that everyone gets registered under the new system. This will start towards the end of July and finish on 30 November 2014.

For more information please visit the IER website

Who can use this service

See our guide to elections to find out who can register.

What you need to know...

What are the Electoral and Open Registers?

Using information received from the public, registration officers keep two registers – the electoral register and the open register (also known as the edited register).

The electoral register

The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in public elections. The register is used for electoral purposes, such as making sure only eligible people can vote. It is also used for other limited purposes specified in law, such as:

*detecting crime (e.g. fraud) *calling people for jury service *checking credit applications.

The open register

The open register is an extract of the electoral register, but is not used for elections. It can be bought by any person, company or organisation. For example, it is used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details. Your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed. Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote.

You can find more information about both registers and how they may be used at https://www.gov.uk/electoral-register

Your personal information

We will only use the information you give us for electoral purposes. We will look after personal information securely and we will follow the Data Protection Act 1998. We will not give personal information about you and the other people in your house

If your details appear on the open register and you wish to remove them please contact the electoral services office electoralservices@lambeth.gov.uk

Contact us

Electoral Services
Room 26
Lambeth Town Hall
Brixton Hill
London SW2 1RW

Tel: 020 7926 2254

Email: electoralservices@lambeth.gov.uk

Office hours, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm