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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 the HMRC.

Register to vote online

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 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.  

Failure to register

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.

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 request an application form below.

If you don't have access to a printer, contact us and we will post one to you.

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.

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 225 3173 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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