Register to vote
Register to vote onlineBack to top
- You can register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
- Everyone is responsible for registering themselves.
- You need to provide a few more details to register – including your National Insurance number and date of birth.
How do I register?Back to top
- Go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
- Fill in your details. You’ll 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.
Most people who are already registered to vote are being moved onto the new system automatically.
Anyone not already registered at their current address will be sent an invitation to register form.
IER makes it easier for you to register to vote online and helps tackle electoral fraud.
Why should I register?Back to top
- 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.
Who is eligible to register?Back to top
- 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
Rolling registration dates for the 2020/2021 registerBack to top
The electoral register will be published on 1 December 2020 from the information received as a result of our annual canvass.
After the publication of 1 December 2020 register, we update the register as part of the rolling registration procedure. However, applications need to be received by the last date for applications date, which is shown in the table below, to be included on the next monthly update to the register.
Rolling registration dates for the 2020 register
|Last date for applications||Date added to the register|
|Friday 11 December 2020
||Monday 4 January 2021
|Friday 8 January 2021
||Monday 1 February 2021
|Friday 5 February 2021
||Monday 1 March 2021
|Wednesday 10 March 2021
||Thursday 1 April 2021
Monday 12 April 2021
|Tuesday 4 May 2021
|Monday 10 May 2021
||Tuesday 1 June 2021
|Wednesday 9 June 2021
||Thursday 1 July 2021
Friday 9 July 2021
Monday 2 August 2021
|Tuesday 10 August 2021
||Wednesday 1 September 2021
The Register of ElectorsBack to top
We make two versions of the register, the Full Register and the Open Register.
The Full Register
The Full Register lists 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.
It is a criminal offence to give, or use, copies of it for purposes other than those set down in legislation. It is available for inspection under supervision at our offices at Trafford Town Hall.
The Open Register
The Open Register (also known as the edited register) is available for general sale and can be used for any purpose and be bought by anyone – including for marketing purposes.
Electors who have requested to ‘opt out’ of the open register will not have their details included on the open register
How can I ‘opt out’ of the Open Register?
You can opt out of the open register by completing our opt out form. If you are registering online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote, you can click in the box if you want your name and address to be removed from the open register.
Viewing the registerBack to top
Viewing of the electoral register will not be available until further notice to avoid the potential spread of the coronavirus.
If you wish to check your electoral registration details you can email the electoral registration team firstname.lastname@example.org Information regarding any other individuals registration details or information contained within the historical registers will not be provided.
Once a new Register is published, the previous version of the Register is no longer available for public inspection.
Registers are not available for public inspection until 10 years after their first public inspection date has past. After a 10 year period has elapsed, historical copies of the Full Electoral Register are available for supervised inspection from the Local Studies Library, 24 hours notice is required if you wish to view these registers.
Privacy NoticeBack to top
For further information on how your information is used, how we maintain the security of your information, and your rights to access information we hold on you, please visit our Privacy Notices web page.