Individual Electoral Registration

What is IER?

If you wish to remove your name from the OPEN register please ring 01254 380132 and staff will be able to assist.

The registration system changed in June 2014. The new system is called Individual Electoral Registration.

Individual Electoral Registration (IER) is being introduced nationally to help tackle electoral fraud and it paves the way for online registration, making it easier and more convenient for individuals to ensure they are registered to vote.

How is the new system different?

You can now register online at

Everyone is now responsible for registering themselves. Under the old system the ‘head of every household’ could register everyone who lived at their address.

From the 10 June 2014, residents will be asked to provide identifying information, such as a date of birth and their national insurance number. This will enable their application to be verified before they are added to the register and makes the register more secure.

How do I register under the new system?

  1. Go to
  2. 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.

You can also contact the Electoral Services helpline – 01254 380 132 – staff will be able to help you.