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How you register to vote is changing – register now

During August we are sending letters to all households in Sheffield about registering to vote and the electoral register.  Look out for these and make sure you respond. 


Letter to those who will be removed from the register unless they apply to register under the new system (Individual Electoral Registration)

If you haven’t already applied individually to be on the electoral register, you’ll receive a letter asking you to register. 

It will tell you that unless you apply to register under the new system your name will be removed on the 1 December this year. 

It only takes a few minutes to register – if you don’t respond you could be fined £80. 

Register to vote or update your details.


Letter to all households - confirm who lives at your address

Every household in Sheffield will receive this letter. In order to check who can register to vote, we need to know who lives at your address.

Your letter will give details of how you can return the information quickly and easily on-line with your own security codes. 

This is not a registration form, but you do need to complete it. 

The information you provide will enable us to send a separate individual registration form to the people who need to register.

If you don’t want to wait for the form, register to vote or update your details.


What you need to do

Make sure you are registered and that your details are correct. If your name, address or other details have changed you need to update your electoral registration.

Everyone is responsible for registering themselves. This is called Individual Electoral Registration (IER).

You need a few more details including your National Insurance (NI) number, these make it more secure.  Your NI number is on your national insurance card, payslip, or letters about benefits or tax credits (find a lost National Insurance number). 

Look out for a confirmation to say you’re registered.

About the electoral registration system.


The electoral register and the 'open register'

The electoral register is used for elections, solving crime and checking credit.

The open register is an extract of the electoral register - it contains your name and address. The open register can bought by anyone or any organisation.

Opt out or in of the open register.

The difference between open and electoral registers.


About voting

Watch our video to find out why it's important to register to vote.

  • Modified: Jul 30, 2015 8:43:02 AM