The way we register to vote has changed
The registration system changed in June 2014. The new system is called ‘Individual Electoral Registration’ (IER) and is the biggest change to the voter registration system in 100 years.
Most people who are already registered will be transferred automatically to the new register. However, some people will need to re-register in Rhondda Cynon Taf. There are also people in the area who are not registered to vote at all and so need to register to have their say in elections.
Getting a mortgage is just one reason you need to be on the electoral register. Having the right to vote is another.
The County Borough Council has 75 councillors representing 52 electoral divisions; The full council comes up for election every four years.
- If you are not registered you will not be able to vote at Elections.
- It is a legal requirement to register with a maximum fine of £1,000 for failure to do so. Many of the major credit firms check your address against the Electoral Register and you may be refused a loan, mobile phone agreement, mortgage, bank account etc.
- It is your chance to have your say about how the Council is run. - Your Vote Counts use it
Who can register?
British citizens, other Commonwealth citizens, citizens of the Irish Republic and citizens of Member States of the European Union who are resident in the United Kingdom are entitled to be included in the new register.
British, Commonwealth and Irish Citizens will be registered automatically as Local, Parliamentary Welsh Assembly and European Parliamentary Electors.
Citizens of the European Union are NOT eligible to vote at Parliamentary Elections.
It will be too late to complain on polling day if you discover you are not able to vote, Exercise your right by ensuring your name is included on the register.
Remember, if you are not on the Register of Electors you will NOT be able to vote at any Election.
For more information on Voting and how to register to vote please visit Elections - Voting
What is IER and how do I register?
How is the new system different?
- you can now register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or over the phone by ringing 01443 490100
- 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.
Please ensure you have these to hand if you are using the online or telephone registration method.
How do I register under the new system and what information do I need?
- go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
- 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’re registered
Will I need to do anything?
- look out for a letter in July 2014
- most people who are already registered to vote will be registered automatically under the new system. They do not need to do anything. However, some people will need to take action to join the new register. We are writing to people to tell them whether they need to take action.
- respond to the letter if you are asked to
- the letter will tell you whether you are on the new register or whether you need to take action. It will tell you what to do.
The electoral register
Registers are managed locally by Electoral Registration Officers. Using information received from the public, registration officers keep two registers – the Electoral Register and the Open Register (also known as the edited register).
The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in public elections. The register is used for electoral purposes such as making sure only eligible people can vote. It is also used for other limited purposes specified in law, such as detecting crime (e.g., fraud), calling people for jury service and checking credit applications.
For a list of FAQ's please view our frequently asked questions page.
The open register
The Open Register is an extract of the Electoral Register, but is not used for elections. It can be bought by any person, company or organisation. For example, it is used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details.
Your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed. Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote. You can ask for them to be removed by contacting your local council’s electoral registration staff on 01443 490100.
How do I join or be removed from the open register?
If you are registering online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote you can click the checkbox if you do not want your name and address listed on the open register.
You can also change your opt-out preference at any time by making a request to local electoral registration staff with your full name, address and an indication of whether you wish to be included in or omitted from the open register.
The Old Courthouse
Tel: 01443 490100
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