Individual electoral registration (IER) will give everyone who is eligible to vote control over their registration. The new online process will be quicker, convenient and more secure. Transition to IER will take place in England and Wales in June 2014. It will be introduced in Scotland after the referendum in September 2014.
Voting is fundamental to having a voice in our society. The U.K. Has a good record in voter registration, almost 90% of people who are eligible to vote are on the register. This could be improved. There are some groups in society who are under-represented on the register. Changing this will help everyone have a genuine say in the running of the country both at local and national level.
Being able to register online will make it much easier for everyone to get involved.
Getting on the register
If you have registered to vote before June 2014 in England and Wales, and September 2014 in Scotland, most people should be automatically transferred to IER and do not need to do anything.
Some people will need to provide additional information in order to stay on the register. You will be contacted and informed how and when to do this. Help will be provided if needed.
If you need to register under the new system, the process is simple.
You will be asked to give your name, national insurance number and date of birth. This information will be checked to verify you are eligible to vote.
If you aren’t on the register, you can’t vote – simple as that. You will have no say in who runs the country and how it happens.
Source: Cabinet Office