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Register to Vote

You can only vote in elections if your name is on the register.

You can only register if you are a British, Irish, Qualifying Commonwealth or European Union citizen.  Registering for other services or paying Council Tax does not register you to vote.

How do I register to Vote?

Registering to vote is straightforward and you can register to vote online.

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. Once your details have been checked, we will send you a letter to confirm you have been added to the register of electors.

You can also contact Electoral Services by email: elections@welhat.gov.uk or by telephone on 01707 357300 to request an application form.

Residents to receive important voter registration information

Households in Welwyn Hatfield will receive a Household Enquiry Form (HEF) asking them to check whether the information that appears on the electoral register for those living at their address is correct.  This is part of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council's annual voter registration canvass.

The aim of the form is to ensure that the electoral register is up to date and to identify any residents who are not registered, so they can be encouraged to do so.

If you respond using the Welwyn Hatfield online registration service at www.hef-response.co.uk you will need the security code, password and postcode printed on your form.

It is particularly important that anyone who has moved address recently looks out for the form and checks whether they are registered.

The revised register of electors will be published on 1 December 2017.

Rolling registration update information

The register of electors can be changed between January and September.  However, the deadline for applications to amend the 2016/2017 register of electors has now passed.  The rolling registration process will start again in December once we have completed the annual voter registration canvass, and the revised register will be published on 1 December 2017.

The two versions of the register of electors

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 out more information about both registers and how they may be used at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

The way we all register to vote

The system of individual registration started in June 2014. One person used to be able to register everyone who lived at their address, but now every person must register themselves individually.

For more details on the changes to the electoral registration system go to www.gov.uk/yourvotematters

 

 

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