Voting and elections

How to register to vote

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.

The way you register to vote has changed

Individual Electoral Registration (IER)

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 HMRC.

Register to vote

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.

What happens next?

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 added on to the electoral register, (the date you will be added will be dependent on when your application is made). 

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 a letter informing you of this and to explain what you need to do.

Why should I register?

  • The information is required by law.
  • If you are not registered, you cannot vote in elections.
  • You may find it difficult to get credit, loans, phone contracts, a mortgage or bank account as the register is used by credit reference agencies.

Can anyone register to vote?

  • You must be resident in the electoral area. If you don't have a fixed address you can make a 'declaration of local connection' via the new IER system. You will still need to provide your date of birth and National Insurance number.
  • You must be a British, Irish, Commonwealth citizen or citizen of a European Union country.
  • You must be 18 or over, or must attain the age of 18 during the life of the registering period.
  • You must not be subject to any legal incapacity to vote.

Postal voting

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 download the form using the link below.

Apply to to vote by post

If you don't have access to a printer, contact us and we will post a form to you. Return completed forms to Electoral Services Unit, Municipal Buildings, Dale Street, L2 2DH. 

Proxy voting

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.

If you wish to vote by proxy you can download the form using the link below.

Apply to vote by proxy

If you don't have access to a printer, contact us and we will post a form to you. Return completed forms to Electoral Services Unit, Municipal Buildings, Dale Street, L2 2DH. 

The electoral register

What are the full and edited registers?

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.

Viewing the register

You can inspect the full electoral register at any time at Central Library or by appointment at Municipal Buildings. Call 0151 233 2445 to book an appointment.

  • Inspection of the register will be under supervision.
  • You can take extracts from the register, but only by hand written notes.
  • Information taken must not be used for direct marketing purposes, in accordance with the Data Protection Act, unless it has been published in the edited version.

Anyone who fails to observe these conditions is committing a criminal offence and will be charged a penalty of up to £5,000.

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