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Register of Electors - Frequently Asked QuestionsElection image

How do I register to vote?

You can register to vote online , by telephoning the Democratic Services Department on 01900 702550, or by downloading a form .

Who is an eligible citizen?

People are eligible  to apply for voter registration providing they are one of the following:

  • They are a British or Commonwealth citizen.
  • They are citizens of the Irish Republic.
  • They are a citizen of another European Union country.

I am an EU citizen, how can I vote in European Parliamentary Elections?

We are obliged to send some voters an additional form if they wish to vote in the European Parliamentary elections.  This will apply to you if you are from an EU country outside of the UK, Commonwealth and Republic of Ireland.  We will send this form when we receive your annual canvass form.

If I pay my council tax, will I automatically be included on the electoral register?

No,  Council tax and Electoral Services are two separate departments and have two totally different systems, the Register of Electors is independent of the council.  You should inform us of any changes to your living arrangements.

Problems with the website or privacy concerns?

See our further guidance on these issues.

Do I need to re-register each year?

Once you’re registered under the new system you don’t need to register again unless you change address. However you must respond to the Household Enquiry From (HEF) that you will receive every year, and which confirms the details we have on who is living at your address. You should also inform us if any of your details (such as your name) change.

Do I have to fill in the Household Enquiry Form (HEF)?

Yes, by law, you need to provide the information requested on the HEF. There is a criminal penalty for failing to provide the information required by the HEF to the Electoral Registration Officer of a maximum of £1,000. The penalties for providing false information is imprisonment of up to six months or, (on summary conviction) an unlimited fine.

I’ve already registered/applied to register. Do I still need to return the HEF?

Yes, you will receive a form called a Household Enquiry Form every year, even if you are already registered.  The purpose of the form is to confirm who lives at your address. This means we can update your registration if we need to.

I have already returned a HEF, and now I have received an "Invitation To Register" form. Do I have to respond to this?

Yes, the HEF is not a registration form, it only provides us with information on who lives in your household. Anyone who is added to the HEF also needs to register to vote. Therefore you should complete and return the “Invitation To Register” form or register online .

Can I register at two addresses?

Normally people are registered at one address – their permanent home address. Students may register at both their term-time address and their non-term-time address. If you are living somewhere temporarily but have a permanent address elsewhere, you should register at the permanent address. Having a second home doesn’t necessarily mean that you can register there as well as at your permanent address.  Ownership of a second home that a voter pays council tax on, but is not resident in, does not qualify them to be registered to vote in that area.

I have moved house, how do I let you know?

Follow the instructions to add and delete people detailed below. Every time you move home everyone in the household who is eligible to vote must register at your new address. You can do this online .

How do I respond to the HEF?

If the information is correct, and there are no changes.

You can confirm there are no changes by:

  1. Visiting www.elecreg.co.uk/allerdale and clicking the “SAVE” button followed by the “CONFIRM” button
  2. Calling 0808 284 1501 and following the recorded instructions
  3. Texting both parts of your security code separated by a space to 07786 209 401
  4. Sign & date the paper form and return in the prepaid envelope

PLEASE NOTE: If possible please use one of the automated responses 1, 2 or 3. If an online, telephone or text response has been made then do not return the paper form, it can be destroyed.

I need to add someone at this address, what do I do?

  • You can go to www.elecreg.co.uk/allerdale and add someone by clicking the “ADD” button and entering their details in the new line.
  • You can add their details on one of the blank lines on the paper form and return it in the prepaid envelope.

PLEASE NOTE: if someone is added to the form they are not automatically added to the electoral register, they will also have to register online ,  or complete an “Invitation to Register” form that will be sent at a later date.

I need to delete someone at this address, what do I do?

  • You can go to www.elecreg.co.uk/allerdale  and mark someone to be deleted by ticking the “Elector no longer resident” box beside their name.
  • You can cross out the person’s name on the paper form and return it in the prepaid envelope

The property is empty. Do I have to return the form?

Yes, we need a response confirming the property is empty.  Failure to do so will result in further reminders being sent out.

If there are no names listed on the form (HEF-B) you can use one of the no change responses to declare that the property is still empty.

If there are names listed on the form (HEF-P) any names listed on the form must be deleted. (see above - I need to delete someone at this address) and tick the box to declare that the property is empty.

Do I need to list my children?

Only if they are aged 16 or over, as 17 year olds and some 16 year olds are entitled to be included on the register so they can vote once they are 18. You need to tell us their date of birth. Do not include anyone who is under the age of 16.

My name has changed, what do I do?

If you are responding by visiting www.elecreg.co.uk/allerdale  you can overtype your old name with your current one.  We will then send out a change of name application form to you. You will need to provide evidence to support the change of name, such as a marriage certificate or deed poll certificate.

If you are returning a HEF-P form then you can cross out your old name and write your current one on the line below.  We will then send out a change of name application form to you. You will need to provide evidence to support the change of name, such as a marriage certificate or deed poll certificate.

My nationality has changed, what do I do?

If your nationality has changed you will have to make a new application to register.  You can either do this online at or by completing an Invitation to Register form that we can send you.

Can I apply for a postal vote?

Yes - if you are responding by visiting www.elecreg.co.uk/allerdale you can tick the “Postal Vote” box.  When you get to the “Print Confirmation” screen you will be able to  print off your postal vote application form or request that a form be sent to you in the post.

If you are responding by telephone you can call 0808 284 1501 and follow the recorded instructions to apply for a postal vote.  We will then send out a postal vote application form to you.

If you are returning a HEF-P form then you can indicate in the “Postal or proxy vote?” column which you would like (leave blank to vote in person).  We will then send out a postal vote application form to you.

If you are returning a HEF-B form you will need to contact the Elections Team directly on writing, by email or by phone on the details to the left of the page.

Can I opt out / remove my details from the Open Register?

Yes, you can change your opt-out preference at any time by making a request with your full name, address and an indication of whether you wish to be included in or omitted from the open register.

If you are responding by visiting www.elecreg.co.uk/allerdale you can tick the “Excluded from Open Register” box and enter a valid email address.

You can also do this in writing, by email or by phone on the details to the left of the page.  We will write to you to confirm any change.

I’ve made a mistake but have already responded online / by phone / by text / posted the form back.

The submission cannot be altered and you will need to contact the Elections Team directly on the numbers shown to resolve any amendments you need to make.

 

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