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Registering to vote - individual electoral registration

You must re-register to vote every time you change address. Even if you pay council tax, you're not automatically registered to vote.

The way we all register to vote has changed. The new system is called individual electoral registration (IER) (external site). The Council was able to re-register some voters automatically, however some of the people on the old register and anyone who has moved to the borough recently need to register under the new system.  

We are currently undertaking our annual canvass. Every household has been sent a household enquiry form setting out everyone we know to be living at the property. Please ensure you complete and return the form - this will allow us to confirm your registration or tell you what you need to do to register under the new system.

If you don't return the form you will not be able to vote at future elections. It may also mean that you may find it difficult to obtain credit, open a utility or bank account. It is in your interest to be registered. 

How do I register under the new system?

Registering takes around 5 minutes and you will need to have your national insurance number to hand.

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How is the new system different?

  • Everyone is responsible for registering themselves. Under the old system the 'head of every household' could register everyone who lived at their address during the annual canvass period.
  • You need to provide a few more details to register - including your national insurance number and date of birth. If you do not know your national insurance number then you can simply call  the national insurance registration helpline 0300 200 3502.

I voted in the last general election, do I need to register again?

The rules about how people register to vote has changed since the 2015 General Election. Now everyone has to be individually registered, so even though you were on the register when the General Election was held, unless you are now individually registered you will be taken off the register at the end of November.

The electoral register

There are two versions of the electoral register - the full register and the open register.

The full register 

The full register lists everyone who is entitled to vote. You can view it at any of the following venues. No appointment is required.

Hackney Archives
Dalston CLR James Library and Hackney Archives
Dalston Square
E8 3BQ
Viewing times: Tuesday-Thursday, 9.30am-5.30pm, Fri 9.30am-1pm, Sat 10am-5pm. Closed Monday and Sunday.

Electoral Services
Hackney Town Hall
Mare Street
E8 1EA
Viewing times: Monday-Friday, between 9am-5pm.

Only certain people and organisations can have copies of the full register and they can only use it for specified purposes. These include electoral purposes, the prevention and detection of crime and checking your identity when you have applied for credit.

The open register 

The open register leaves out the names and addresses of people who have asked for them to be excluded from the version of the register. It can be bought by anyone who asks for a copy and they may use it for any purpose. 

You can view it at any library in Hackney.

Please note that you will be supervised while viewing and only handwritten notes can be taken.  

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Page updated: 15 Oct 2015 

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Contact details

Electoral Registration and Elections Office
Hackney Service Centre
1 Hillman Street
E8 1DY
Opening Times
Office Hours Mon to Fri: 9am - 5pm. Phone line 020 8356 3232 Mon to Fri: 8am - 8pm. Sat: 9am - 1pm.
Tel:020 8356 3232
Fax:020 8356 4344