Under the old system the ‘head of every household’ could register everyone who lived at their address.
Under the new individual electoral registration, everyone will now take individual responsibility for registering for all elections. To register, you will be required to provide a few more details to register – including your National Insurance number and date of birth. This is to make the electoral register more secure.
Under this new system, you can also register online by filling in your name, address, date of birth and a few other details including 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 have registered yourself at your current address since 10 June 2014 and you have not moved home since, you will be registered to vote under the new system. You will also be registered to vote if you received information at your current address telling you that you are registered under the new system. if you are unsure whether you are registered, contact electoral registration staff by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 0161 770 4718.
If you fail to register, you will be unable to vote in elections and referendums, you won’t have the chance to have a say on who represents you and you could also risk getting fined £80 if you do not respond to requests for information.
The deadline for registration is 23 November 2014. Until then, Oldham Council will be sending out details of how to register and reminding everyone of the need to register.