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​​​​​​​How to Register

The Register of Electors is a list of the names and addresses of everyone in the City who is registered to vote. If you are not on the register you cannot vote and you may find it difficult to get credit, loans, a mortgage or bank account as the register is used by credit reference agencies.

The following are entitled to register to vote:

  • A British, Irish Citizen
  • Other European Citizen (European and Local elections only)
  • A Commonwealth Citizen
  • An overseas elector (Parliamentary and European elections only)
  • A member of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces (or a spouse)
  • A Crown servant employed outside the UK

Changes from June 2014 - Individual Electoral Registration (IER)

  • The way you register to vote is changing. A new system called Individual Electoral Registration or IER will be introduced from June 2014.
  • Each person applying to be added to the register will be asked to give their national insurance number and date of birth. This will allow each person’s application to be verified against the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) database before they are added to the register.
  • If a person is already on the Electoral Register their information will be matched against the DWP database. Those people who match will not be required to give any additional information. They will be automatically be transferred to the electoral register and sent a letter of confirmation. The people who can’t be matched will be invited to apply.
  • IER will bring electoral registration into the 21st century with the introduction of online registration for everyone who is eligible.
  • This change to the registration process aims to provide a more convenient, secure and modern way of registering. IER will address vulnerabilities in the current electoral registration process. The implementation of IER will maximise both the accuracy and completeness of the electoral register. It will improve the integrity of the system and engagement with each potential voter.
  • Apply onlinewww.gov.uk/register-to-vote ​- this is the quickest and easiest way to register; you will need to know your National Insurance number.
  • Apply by telephone – you can phone the elections office on 01452 396203 / 01452 396204 – you will need to have your National Insurance number to hand.
  • Apply by post – a form can be posted to you, you will need to complete and return this in the envelope provided.

It takes between two and seven weeks to be added to the Register, depending on when your application is received.

There are two types of Register:

  • The Electoral Register
    The Electoral Register lists everyone who is entitled to vote and is used for elections and other specified purposes, such as law enforcement and credit checking. Only certain people and organisations can have copies of the Electoral Register; however anyone may view this register under supervision.
  • The Open Register
    The Open Register is available for anyone to buy and can be used for any purpose, such as marketing. Electors can choose not to be on the Open Register by ‘opting out’ – to do this you will need to tick the ‘opt-out’ box on your Annual Canvass registration form.

"This authority is under a duty to protect the public funds it administers, and to this end may use the information you have provided on this form for the prevention and detection of fraud. It may also share this information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds for these purposes. For further information see http://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/fairprocessing "​

Viewing the Register of Electors

The ​Register of Electors is held at the Council offices in Herbert Warehouse at The Docks in Gloucester where it can be viewed under supervision during normal office hours. You are not permitted to make photocopies of the Register, but notes may be made using pen and paper.

For more information or to find out if you are registered to vote please contact Electoral Services:

Method of ContactDetail
Telephone:01452 396203 or 01452 396204
Email: elections@gloucester.gov.uk
Post:
Electoral Services
Herbert Warehouse
The Docks
Gloucester
GL1 2EQ​
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