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Registering to Vote / The Electoral Register

Register to Vote

How do I get my name on the electoral register?

Register to Vote

The UK government have introduced a new system for registering to vote called Individual Electoral Registration.  Each member of the household is now responsible for registering themselves, instead of one person in the household being responsible for doing it, as was previously the case.

If you have recently moved, or are not currently registered, you will need to register under the new system. You can register throughout the year.

If you require a paper copy, please e-mail electoral@wrexham.gov.uk or phone 01978 292020.  You will require your date of birth and national insurance number.  If you cannot find your national insurance number, you can use the HMRC enquiry service at www.gov.uk/lost-national-insurance-number, or ring 0300 200 3502.

If your name, date of birth or national insurance number are not verified (matched) after you have applied to register, we will contact you asking for further documentary evidence, such as a copy of your passport or photo drivers licence.

Information about the national changes to the way you register to vote can be found on www.gov.uk/yourvotematters

If you weren’t registered previously, you can register under the new system.

The Annual Household Canvass

Annual Canvass 2018

Every year the Council has a voter registration campaign, called the annual canvass and this year it is starting on 7 August and will last until 30 November 2018.

What is the annual canvass?

In order for the electoral register to be updated and checked, we carry out the annual canvass which is a voter registration campaign.  We write out to every property in Wrexham County Borough asking you to confirm whether the details that we hold for your property on the electoral register are correct.  We then publish a new electoral register on the 1 December 2018.

How will we contact you?

Every property within Wrexham County Borough will be sent an Annual Household Enquiry Form in the post.

It is an A3 form which lists the people who are currently registered on the electoral register at that property.  The form may also list 16/17 years olds who will be eligible to vote once they turn 18.  If the form is blank, it means that we do not have anyone registered at the property.

What do I need to do when I receive the Annual Household Enquiry Form?

It is important that you read the form carefully and check that everyone who is living in your property (who is eligible to vote) is listed.  If there is information missing, you need to contact us, to let us know.  If there are any 16/17 year olds at the property who are not listed, we need to have their details too.  If all the information is correct, you also need to confirm that to us.  We would appreciate a response by 24 August 2018 so that a reminder form is not sent out.

How do I confirm or update the information on the Annual Household Enquiry Form?

Online – to add, delete or amend details.

* You will need the unique security code (2 parts) either printed at the bottom of page 1 or the top of page 2on the form.*

Step 1 – Log on to www.householdresponse.com/wrexham

Step 2 -  Enter your unique security code (2 parts) and postcode

Step 3 – Read the information on the screen and follow the instructions. 

Step 4 – Continue through the process until you are asked to confirm and finish.

Freephone Automated Telephone Service- can only be used to confirm details are correct.

* You will need the unique security code (2 parts) either printed at the bottom of page 1 or the top of page 2.*

Step 1 – Call 0800 197 9871

Step 2 – Key in your unique security code

Step 3 – Follow the instructions over the phone

Text– can only be used to confirm details are correct

* You will need the unique security code (2 parts) either printed at the bottom of page 1 or the top of page 2.*

Step 1 – Text NOCHANGE followed by your security code to 80212 (if nobody is eligible to vote include a reason after your security code eg empty, business, 2nd home).

Only if you are unable to use any of the above options should you complete and return the form in the pre-paid envelope.

Return by Post- to add, delete or amend details.

Step 1 – Hand write any changes or additions on the form.  If you want to delete anyone, put a line through their name.  If nobody is eligible to vote at the property, please fill in the “nobody eligible to vote” section on page 3. 

Step 2 – Read the declaration at the bottom of page 3 and sign in the box.  If you do not sign the form then we will have to send it back to you for signing.

Step 3 – Place the completed form in the pre-paid envelope provided.  You do not need to put a stamp on it.

What happens once I return my Annual Household Enquiry Form?

Once we have processed the information, we will check it against the electoral register.  If there are any deletions or amendments, these will be updated on the electoral register.

If you have added someone to the property, will send them an Invitation to Register form in the post or by email which asks them to provide further information, such as date of birth and national insurance number.  This is so that we can confirm their identity.  It is only once the Invitation to Register form is returned and processed that the person will be added to the electoral register. 

What if I do not respond?

If you do not respond to the Annual Household Enquiry Form, then a reminder will be sent at the beginning of September.  If you do not respond to this, a canvasser (an officer from the council) will call at your property to confirm the information with you in person. 

Email: electoral@wrexham.gov.uk
Call: 01978 292020

The Electoral Register

Registers are managed locally by registration officers. Using information received from the public, registration officers keep two registers – the electoral register and the open register (also known as the edited register).

The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in public elections. The register is used for electoral purposes such as making sure only eligible people can vote. It is also used for other limited purposes specified in law, such as detecting crime (eg, fraud), calling people for jury service and checking credit applications.

The Open Register

The open register is an extract of the electoral register, but is not used for elections. It can be bought by any person, company or organisation. For example, it is used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details.

Your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed. Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote. You can ask for them to be removed by contacting electoral services.

You can find contact details by entering your postcode at www.electoralcommission.org.uk

How do I join or get removed from the open register?

If you are registering online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote you can click the checkbox if you do not want your name and address listed on the open register.

You can also change your opt-out preference at any time by contacting electoral services stating your full name, address and an indication of whether you wish to be included in or omitted from the open register.

Viewing the full register

You can inspect the full electoral register at any time at The Guildhall, Wrexham, LL11 1AY