The Electoral Register
The Electoral Register is a record of all the eligible voters living in Waltham Forest.
You can visit your local public library to check the Electoral Register to see if you are registered to vote. A separate form must be completed by each person, who must sign his or her form. Please print out, complete and send the form to the address on the form:
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
Edited Register/Opting Out
The electoral registration officer (ERO) produces two versions of the Electoral Register.
The full register lists everyone who is entitled to vote. Only certain people and organisations are able to have a copy of the full register. The edited register leaves out the names and addresses of people who have asked for their name to remain confidential. The edited register is available for general sale and can be used for commercial activities such as marketing.
Your name and address will appear automatically on the full register when you register, unless you choose to opt out on your application form or use the freephone or internet services.
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.
Credit problems and the Electoral Register
The Electoral Register is often used for credit referencing purposes, to confirm identity and counteract fraud. You may be denied credit if your details cannot be confirmed on the register.
You can find out from us whether you are on the register by applying for a Certificate of Inclusion (see below).
If you have already provided confirmation to your bank or credit reference agency that you are registered, any further problems will have to be taken up with them directly.
If the record of a person who used to live at your property is preventing you from obtaining credit, you should contact the credit reference agencies to ask for a "disassociation".
Credit history enquiries
If your are enquiring about your credit history, the credit reference agencies are entitled to apply for the new electoral roll but it is up to them to do so and to then update their records, which can take some time.
Please note that being 'excluded from version for sale' simply means that details of those residents are not available to purchase for marketing purposes. It does not affect credit rating as credit reference agencies are sent the full register (which is simply a list of names and addresses, no other information such as contact details appear).
Certificate of Inclusion on the Electoral Register
The Electoral Services Section can provide you with a certificate to show that you are included on the Electoral Register at a specific address.
The Certificate takes the form of a letter confirming that the person(s) named on the Certificate is/are on the register at the stated address for the specified period. A Certificate can be produced only for the person registered at that address, not a third party.
Please contact the Electoral Services Section first to confirm that you are/were shown on the Register for the period(s) the Certificate is to cover.
The costs for this service are for:
- 1 year: £10
- 2-5 years: £30
Sale of the Elector Register
The Electoral Register can be sold as a full or edited register.
Electoral Services Charges 2012
Full registers - published 1 December 2012
|*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 on data (£193.50 for the year)||Price on application|
|Each monthly update on paper (£135.00 for the year)||Price on application|
|Copy of street index||Price on application|
Edited registers – published 1 December 2010
|*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
Notice of Alterations
There will be no monthly update during December and January when the annual registration of all households take place.
The full revised register will be published on 17 February 2014.
|If we get your form by 5pm on:||Your details will be changed on:|
|Monday 9 September 2013||Tuesday 1 October 2013|
|Thursday 10 October 2013||Friday 1 November 2013|
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.