The Electoral Register
On this page:
- Register to vote
- Change your details on the Electoral Register
- Check the Electoral Register
- Why you should register to vote
- Why are there two registers?
- The electoral register
- The open register
- Credit rating and the Electoral Register
- Am I eligible to vote?
- EU citizens
- Overseas electors
- Electoral Services charges 2014
Are you registered to vote?
Over the next few weeks the Council will be writing to each household in the Borough to check that the people living there are registered to vote.
The letter will look something like this...
Click the image to see a larger version of an Electoral Register letter.
Why is the Council doing this?
It's to ensure that everyone who wants vote in the upcoming General Election can. Registration is also usually required for most credit checks.
What do I need to do?
Check the form to see if everyone over 16 in the household is listed below and the other details on the form are correct. It's important that everyone in the house checks their own details.
If everything on the form is correct
You don't need to do anything. Please do not send the form back and remember that everyone listed must check their own details.
If everyone is listed but want to change their details
For example, to request a postal vote
- Go to: www.registerbyinternet.co.uk/walthamforest
- When requested, enter the security codes listed on the bottom right of the letter we sent you
If someone living at the address needs to register to vote
- Go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote to register to vote
- It takes 2 minutes to complete the online form. You will need your National Insurance number when filling it in
- You will receive a response from us in a few days after your application
You can only register to vote if you are over 16 and a citizen of the UK, Ireland, European Union country or of most Commonwealth countries.
If you don't have access to the internet or need further help
- Go to a Waltham Forest Library Plus where someone can help you to access the internet
- Call Waltham Forest Direct on 0208 496 3000
- Cross out people who have moved out
- Write in the names of new residents, then
- Post the form back to us in the envelope provided
- We will then write out with further instructions
Register to vote
If you want to vote in an election you must register to vote at GOV.UK.
Change your details on the Electoral Register
If you have moved, you will need to update your details on the Electoral Register.
Check the Electoral Register
Visit Walthamstow Library to check the Electoral Register to see if you are registered to vote.
Why you should register to vote
- It gives you a say on important issues that affect you
- If you don’t register, you can’t vote
- It gives you a say on who represents you in your local council, the UK Parliament and Europe
- Elections can be called at short notice, and if you’re not registered you won’t be able to vote
- Across the world people have died and are dying fighting for the right to vote and be part of a democracy
- Because it’s easier than you think
Why are there two registers?
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
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.
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 find more information about both registers and how they may be used at www.gov.uk/yourvotematters
Credit rating and the Electoral Register
If you are denied credit or are told you have a low credit score because your name is not on the Electoral Register, you can check the Register yourself via a public library, or purchase a certificate of Inclusion.
Am I eligible to vote?
Before you register to vote, you need to find out whether you are eligible to vote. To be eligible to vote in an election you must be:
- 18 years of age or over on polling day
- Resident in the UK
- On the electoral register
- Not subject to any legal incapacity to vote
- A British citizen, qualifying Commonwealth citizen or citizen of the Republic of Ireland
View a list of Commonwealth countries British overseas territories, and EU member states whose citizens are eligible to register to vote in the UK.
Members of HM Forces and their spouses, and Crown servants employed outside the United Kingdom can vote in elections.
If you are a European Union citizen but not a British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen, you can vote in local and mayoral elections but not in the general election.
If you are an overseas elector, you can vote in the general election, but not in local and mayoral elections. You can choose to have your ballot paper sent to you overseas. However, it will only be sent out one or two weeks before an election, therefore, in order to ensure your vote is counted, you are strongly advised to vote by proxy.
For more information please visit About My Vote.
Sale of the Elector Register
The Electoral Register can be sold as a full or edited register.
Electoral Services charges 2014
Full register - published 17 February 2014
|*In data format (183,224 electors)||Price on application|
|*Paper copy||Price on application|
|Overseas electors register in data format (21 electors)||Price on application|
|Overseas electors register in paper copy||Price on application|
|Each monthly update in data format||Price on application|
|Each monthly update on paper||Price on application|
|Copy of street index||Price on application|
Open register – published 17 February 2014
|*In data format (102,912 electors)||Price on application|
|*Paper copy||Price on application|
|One year registration confirmation letter (voter)||Price on application|
Charges for items below are payable in advance
|One year commercial company/solicitor/lawyer charge||Price on application|
|Up to 5 years back search and confirmation letter (voter)||Price on application|
|Back search and confirmation letter (commercial companies)||Price on application|
|6-10 years back search and confirmation letter (voter)||Price on application|
|Over 10 years up to 25 years (voter). Over 25 years POA||Price on application|
|Each A4 page photocopying||Price on application|
|Certificate of Life or forms requiring LBWF stamp||Price on application|
* Prices include relevant handling charges. Postage incurs an additional charge
Certificate of Life
We can also provide "Certificates of Life" for pensioners who receive a war pension from abroad where a form requires an official body to confirm that the person in receipt of the payment is still alive.
If you want to use this service, please call in to our office and bring your passport. Once we have checked you are on our register, we will stamp the form to confirm that we have seen you. The charge for this service is £5. Where possible please provide an English translation of your documentation.