Residents of Wyre Forest can now go online to register to vote. It is part of a new nation-wide system of registering to vote called ‘Individual Electoral Registration’ (IER).
Traditionally the ‘head of household’ has been responsible for registering everyone who lives at an address, but with IER every individual is responsible for their own voter registration as part of the registration process.
Under the new system, all currently registered electors and any new applications to register will have their name and address checked against government records held by bodies such as the Department for Work and Pensions. This is in order to validate their identity so that they can be confirmed under IER.
Most electors who are already registered will be automatically transferred to the new register without having to do anything. However it is predicted around 4,000 electors in the Wyre Forest district will need to re-register. This is because the name and address will not have been fully matched against Government data, for example because someone has recently moved.
Letters will be sent out to all of 77,234 electors in the district at the beginning of August to advise whether they have matched. If they have not, they will be given clear instructions on what to do next in order to register under IER.
Ian Miller, Electoral Registration Officer for Wyre Forest, said:
“This is the biggest change to the electoral system for 100 years. It is helping to make it more secure as well as giving people the option to register online. We’re asking residents to look out for their letter at the start of August. This will fully explain any action they need to take.”
Residents applying to join the register will need to provide a few more details, including National Insurance Number and date of birth. This helps make the electoral register more secure. The online registration form and more information are available on the Council's website.