Register to vote

How do I register?

Registering to vote is quick and easy. It takes just a few minutes online. You will need to provide your National Insurance number, which can be found on your National Insurance card, on your payslip or letters about benefits or tax credits.

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Alternatively, you can print off the registration forms, or collect copies from Hackney Service Centre, 1 Hillman Street, E8 1DY. It is much quicker to register online. 

We will write to you to confirm that you have been successfully added to the electoral register. If we are unable to confirm your identity, we will write to you to request proof of ID.   

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 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.  

The annual canvass

The annual canvass takes place between August and November every year. The aim is to keep our electoral register up to date by confirming who lives at each address in the borough. Councils do this by sending out a household enquiry form, which lists everyone currently registered at the property, giving you the opportunity to add any new names or remove any out of date information.

You're required by law to respond to the household enquiry form. You can respond online, by telephone on 0800 197 9871 or by text on 80212. You'll need your security code which will be included on the form. Alternatively, you can complete the form and post it back to us in the freepost envelope provided.

If someone has moved in to the property, or is about to turn 18, we can then send them an individual registration form.

This year, Hackney's annual canvass will begin on 16 August, when we'll send out the first batch of household enquiry forms. We'll send out the second batch on 19 September, and our canvassers will visit you between 5 October and the end of November if you don't respond in time.

Under the Representation of the People Act 1983 Section 13 (1) the Electoral Registration Officer is delaying the publication of the 2016/17 register of electors from 1 December 2016 to 1 February 2017. This is due to the Mayoral and Hoxton West by-elections and taking place during this year's canvass period. 

The household enquiry form

I've completed the household enquiry form - does that mean I can vote in the Hackney mayoral election on 15 September?

The deadline for registering to vote in the Hackney mayoral election is 30 August 2016. If you're already registered and have confirmed your details by completing the household enquiry form, you don't need to do anything.

If you've moved address since the last election/referendum you'll need to register at your new address. Completing the household enquiry form doesn't mean you're registered to vote - you must be on the electoral register to vote in the Mayoral election.

I've already registered, will I still get a canvass form?

Yes, everyone in the UK receives a form called a household enquiry form every year, even if they are already on the electoral register. The purpose of the form is to confirm who lives at your address. It also means that we can invite other residents, including any 16 and 17 year-olds to register to vote if we need to.

What happens after I complete the household enquiry form?

We'll send separate individual registration forms to all the people in your household you've listed on the form who are eligible to vote but aren't registered.

What does the form ask?

Completing the form only takes a few minutes. You need to include the name and nationality of everyone aged 16 or over who is resident and eligible to register to vote. If there aren't any eligible residents, you should state why this is the case.

What if there are people listed on the form that don't live here?

If there's anyone listed on the household enquiry form who doesn't live at your address, you should clearly cross their name(s) through and add any new residents' names.

I thought everyone had to register individually now - why do I need to put down everyone who lives here?

We need to confirm all the eligible voters living at your address. We'll send separate individual registration forms to all the people in your household who are eligible to vote but aren't registered.

Do I have to fill in the form?

By law, you need to provide the information requested on the household enquiry form. There is a criminal penalty of a maximum of £1,000 for failing to provide the information required on the form to the electoral registration officer. The penalty for providing false information to an electoral registration officer is imprisonment of up to six months or, (on summary conviction) an unlimited fine.

Do I need to include my email address and phone number on the form?

You can include your email address and phone number on the household enquiry form, but you don't have to. We'll only use this information in connection with your registration, and it helps us to contact you if there's a problem.

I've already returned a household enquiry form, do I need to return the registration form I've received too?

You should complete and return the registration form or register online. The household enquiry form is not a registration form - it lets us know who lives in your household so we can invite the other residents, including any 16 or 17 year-olds, to register to vote if we need to.

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