The Electoral Register
The way we all register to vote has changed.
The registration system changed in September 2014. The new system is called Individual Electoral Registration.
How the new system is different
You can now register online
- Everyone is responsible for registering themselves. Under the old system the head of every household could register everyone who lived at their address
- You need to provide a few more details to register including your national insurance number and date of birth. This makes the electoral register more secure
How to register under the new system
- 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
- Look out for a confirmation to say you are registered
Annual Canvass of Electors 2019
Each year Electoral Registration Officers issue every household with a Household Enquiry Form. Households in Highland & Western Isles will be issued with a form on 1 July 2019 to establish who lives in the property and who is eligible to register to vote. All electors currently registered will have their names pre-printed on the form.
The Electoral Registration Officer is legally required to send two reminders. Reminders will be sent on 23 August 2019 with final reminders issued on 20 September 2019. Visits from doorstep canvassers will be made to all non-responding households to collect information in an effort to compile an accurate register before publication of the revised register on 1 December 2019.
It is important to provide us with this information even if the names of the electors listed in the Household Enquiry Form have not changed. Details on how to provide us with your household information can be found on page 1 and page 2 of your Household Enquiry Form.
If anyone is not named on the form and is eligible to vote then their name should be added and the form returned. The individual can then either register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or an Invitation to Register will be sent out. Anyone who has moved from the address should have their name crossed out.
For further information on our annual canvass of electors please telephone 0800 393 783
The voting age for Scottish elections has been permanently lowered to 16.
You just need to register first. It only takes a few minutes and you can do it online.
You’ll need to provide your date of birth and National Insurance number (you only need your National Insurance number if you are 16 or over), which you can find on official documents such as letters from HM Revenue and Customs. Otherwise, for help you can visit: www.gov.uk/lost-national-insurance-number
Don’t worry – if you are not yet 16 you will not need your National Insurance number to register.
Removing your details from the open register
If you would like your details removed from the open register you need to contact the Electoral Registration Officer. Details can be found at the bottom of this page.
Find out more at www.gov.uk/electoral-register