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Electoral registration

The registration system changed on 10 June 2014. The new system is called Individual Electoral Registration. For more information visit your vote matters.


How do I register to vote?




You can register to vote online. You will need to:



  • Fill in your name, address, date of birth and a few other details


  • Fill in 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.




If you are unable to use the online registration service, you can telephone the Electoral Services office who can register you online whilst you are on the phone (so long as you have your National Insurance number to hand and can provide your date of birth) or they can send you a paper form.




When will my name go onto the Register of Electors?



The register is compiled each year during the annual canvass which starts around August and ends in November.The new register comes into force on 1 December each year and remains in force until 30 November the following year.




The register is also updated monthly, so if your name has been missed off the register, or if you move during the year, you can apply to be registered at any time. This is called rolling registration.




Applications to be registered as an elector under the rolling registration process are subject to public inspection to allow any objections to be made. At the end of this public inspection period, and if no objection is received, the applicant may be added to the Register of Electors on the first working day of the following month, depending on the date the application was received.




Please remember that paying council tax does not mean that you are automatically included on the Register of Electors. You must register to vote separately to be able to vote.  If you move house after the annual canvass or during the year you will need to register to vote at your new address.








Electoral Services


Copeland Borough Council


The Copeland Centre


Catherine Street




CA28 7SJ




Phone 0845 054 8600





Published: 9 August 2012 - 10:32am