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.

Register to vote on gov.uk

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.