Hounslow Council


Elections and voting

The English electoral registration system changed on 10 June 2014. The new system is called Individual Electoral Registration.

Previously, voter registration was done by household. One person in a household filled in a form and entered the details of everyone who lives there. The people who were eligible were then registered to vote.

Now everyone will need to register themselves individually.

Most people who are currently registered to vote will be registered automatically under the new system. This will happen because local elections staff at the council are comparing their electoral registers to existing records to confirm who people are. This will be done carefully through a secure system that has been tested thoroughly.

For all sorts of reasons, some people will not match against these records and therefore cannot be transferred automatically to the new register. For example, they may have moved home since the record was last updated, or there may be a difference in the spelling of the two records.

In early August 2014 we wrote to everyone who is currently registered to vote to tell them that they were matched or that they needed to complete a new registration or return a Household Enquiry Form. Please follow the instructions on this letter.

Why has the system changed?

Individual electoral registration gives you the right and responsibility to register yourself, instead of giving the responsibility to a ‘head of household’. As such, it encourages people to take individual responsibility for their own vote. The change has also allowed more convenient methods of registration.

Because the new system asks you for a few more details before you are added to the register – your National Insurance number and date of birth – the electoral register will be more secure and more resistant to threats of electoral fraud.

Do I need to do anything?

Most people who are already registered to vote will be registered automatically under the new system. You will not need to do anything. However, some people will need to take action to join the new register.

The council is writing to everyone listed on the most recently compiled electoral register to tell you whether you are on the new register, or whether you need to take action.

Letters are being posted from 4 August. Look out for yours, it will tell you what to do. Please respond to the letter if you are asked to.

I’ve just moved to the borough – will I get a letter and how do I register to vote?

If we had not received your application to be on the electoral register by 9 June, you will not receive a letter. From 10 June you should register to vote at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

I’m just about to become 18 and eligible to vote - will I get a letter and how do I register to vote?

If we had not received your application to be on the electoral register by 9 June, you will not receive a letter. From 10 June you should register to vote at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

I’ve recently come to live in England – will I get a letter and how to do I register to vote?

If you are from the European Union or a Commonwealth country, you may be able to register.

To be able to register, Commonwealth citizens must be resident in the UK and either have leave to enter or remain in the UK or not require such leave.

The definition of a Commonwealth citizen includes citizens of British Crown Dependencies and British Overseas Territories. You can find a list of Commonwealth countries on the About My Vote website.

If we had not received your application to be on the electoral register by 9 June, you will not receive a letter. From 10 June you should register to vote at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

I have a different question about the letter that I have received

A list of frequently asked questions on Individual Electoral Registration is available for you to download from this page. If you cannot find the answer to your question please contact us by email or using the details at the bottom of this page.

If you have recently moved and want to find out how you register to vote at your new address, visit the registering to vote page.

If you are already registered and you need to tell us that you have changed your name, visit the changing your name on the register page.

If you want to find out more about the two registers, including how you can change whether you appear on the open register, visit the full and open registers page.

To find out more about voting by post, visit the voting by post page.

Recent elections

The Hounslow Council elections and European Parliamentary election were held on Thursday 22 May 2014. The results of these elections are available on the past elections and referendums results page.

Contact us

Email: elections@hounslow.gov.uk

Tel: 020 8583 2828

Electoral Services
Civic Centre
Lampton Road
Hounslow
TW3 4DN