Individual electoral registration
In 2014 the government replaced the household registration system to give each individual control over their own voter registration – the new system is called individual electoral registration (IER).
Previously the head of household was responsible for registering everyone who lived at their address, but now every individual is responsible for their own voter registration. The new system allows people to register online and it takes about five minutes.
Voting processes have not changed as a result of the new system, however if you want to apply to vote by post or apply to vote by a proxy you will first need to check you are individually registered to vote - register to vote on gov.uk.
Individual electoral registration was introduced by the UK Government through the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 which became law on 31 January 2013.
Publication of Verification Number
Electors in a council area can petition the council to hold a referendum on whether a local authority should change to a different form of governance. This petition must be signed by at least 5% of the local government electors in the local authority's area.
It is a legal requirement for each local authority area to publish the figure which represents 5% of the number of local government electors in the area. This is referred to as the Verification Number.