The deadline to register to vote for the elections being held on 6th May 2021 is midnight on 19th April 2021.
East Devon residents can register to vote using the GOV.UK website. Please find information on how to register to vote below:
Who can register to vote?
- Anyone aged 16 or over (but you cannot vote until you are 18)
- British or qualifying Commonwealth citizens - this means Commonwealth citizens who have leave to remain in the UK or do not require such leave.
- Citizens of the Republic of Ireland or other European Union (EU) member states
Citizens of EU countries other than the UK, the Republic of Ireland, Cyprus and Malta can't vote in UK Parliamentary general elections, but can vote at local government elections.
How to register to vote?
You can now register to vote online at www.gov.uk/registertovote. Registering online takes about 5 minutes and you will need your national insurance number to complete the application.
If you would like to register by completing a paper form then please contact the Electoral Services Helpline on 01395 571529 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively please click on the green 'Start' button at the bottom of the page to contact us using the online contact form.
The registration form and other application forms are available in large print, Braille, audio tape and languages other than English.
Individual Electoral Registration (IER)
Previously, the 'head of household' was responsible for registering everyone who lived at the address, but following the introduction of IER, every individual is responsible for their own voter registration. The new system also means that people can now register online.
As well as individuals taking responsibility for their own registration, the other difference is that people need to provide a few more details about themselves to register – these are date of birth and National Insurance Number.
Individual Electoral Registration gives you the right and responsibility to register yourself, instead of giving the responsibility to a 'head of household'. It encourages people to take individual responsibility for their own vote.
The change also allows more convenient methods of registration, for example, by internet. Because the IER system asks you for your national insurance number and date of birth before you are added to the register, the electoral register will be more secure and more resistant to threats of electoral fraud.
It is also possible to register vote if you don't know your National Insurance Number. Instead, for information about how to do this, please contact the Electoral Services team.
For more information about electoral registration, or to request a paper copy of the registration form please click on the blue 'start' button below and complete our online contact form. Please make sure you provide either an email address or telephone number to make sure that we can contact you as quickly as possible.
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Please provide us with your full name and address. Please also provide us with either an email address or telephone number so that we can contact you.
We will send you a paper copy of the Invitation to Register (ITR) through the post.