The electoral register is a list of the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote. If you are not on the register, you cannot vote.
Each member of your household must now register individually and provide their National Insurance number and date of birth to identify them.
Previously, one person in each household would register all eligible residents at that address on the annual canvas form. Instead, you will now be sent an annual 'household enquiry form' and must add anyone over the age of 16 who is resident in your home.
Anyone not already registered at that address will be sent an invitation to register to vote.
IER makes it easier for you to register to vote online and helps tackle electoral fraud.
It takes 5 minutes to register online. You will need to provide your date of birth and National Insurance (NI) number. If you cannot find your NI number get in touch with the HMRC.
Once registered, you only need to re-register if you change address. However, you should complete and return the household enquiry form which you will receive annually.
The Liverpool City Council register will be compared to the Department of Work and Pension (DWP) records to confirm your details are correct. This is done via a secure system which has been 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 (e.g. 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.
If you fail to register (following a reminder letter and 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.
Anyone can request to vote by post, instead of going to a polling station, providing you appear on the electoral register.
If you do wish to vote by post, you can request an application form below.
If you don't have access to a printer, contact us and we will post one to you.
A proxy vote means that you appoint someone to vote on your behalf if you are unable to get to the polling station on Election Day, providing you appear on the electoral register.
The full register lists the name and address of everyone who is registered to vote. It is used for law enforcement and by credit reference agencies, but only to check your name and address if you are applying for credit and other purposes specified in the law.
The edited register is available for general sale and can be used for any purpose and be bought by anyone – including for marketing purposes. You can opt out of appearing on the edited register when completing your registration form.
You can inspect the full electoral register at any time at Central Library or by appointment at Municipal Buildings. Call 0151 225 3173 to book an appointment.
Anyone who fails to observe these conditions is committing a criminal offence and will be charged a penalty of up to £5,000.