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Individual electoral registration

The individual electoral registration (IER) system was introduced by government in June 2014 to help address concerns over potential electoral fraud.

To be registered to vote under individual electoral registration:

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  • Each person’s identity needs to be verified before they can be registered to vote.
  • New electoral registration applications can only be done individually, so each person is responsbile for their own registration.
  • Each applicant must give their date of birth and national insurance number, in addition to their name, address, previous address, and nationality. 
  • If you don’t know your national insurance number, you can still apply and give a reason why you can’t supply it. 
  • Each applicant’s details are checked against other records to verify their identity before the registration office can approve their application. 
  • If a person’s name, date of birth and national insurance number are not verified after they have applied to be registered, we will contact the applicant and ask them to either clarify any element of their application, or to provide evidence, such as a passport or photo card driving licence to support their application.
  • Anyone wanting to vote by post or by proxy at an election must first have registered under Individual Electoral Registration and then apply separately to vote by post or proxy by the legal deadline in the election timetable.

Easy read information has been produced by The Electoral Commission.

Under the new IER system, householders are required to complete a household form, now called the household enquiry form (HEF) every year.

The form is an important way of making sure the register of electors is kept up to date.

Every summer since 2015 we have sent at least one household enquiry form (HEF) to every address.

From the information supplied on these HEF forms, we identify potential new electors. They are then sent an invitation to register (ITR) form to encourage them to become individually registered to vote.

Electoral registration can now be done online at If you prefer to complete a paper application, please contact us to request one.

For the transitional period from the old registration system to individual electoral registration:

  • Every elector on the electoral register had their name and address checked against government records in order to verify the majority of people at the start of the move to individual registration in June 2014.
  • The checks were done through a government secure system that had been tested thoroughly.
  • After each person’s identity had been checked, the majority of electors had their identity “confirmed” and were sent a letter explaining this. 

Confirmed electors

Each elector whose details were matched against government records were sent a letter in July 2014 advising that their identity had been confirmed and that they did not need to do anything more about their registration unless their circumstances later changed, such as moving home or changing their name.

Unconfirmed electors

Each elector whose identity was not matched against other records was sent an invitation in July 2014 to make a fresh application to register as an elector.

  • They were given an individual application form, and asked either to complete and return the form or to register on-line.
  • Those who did not respond were sent a reminder, and we also visited their home address to encourage them to register.
  • People who did not respond to these invitations may have ended up not being registered to vote at elections.
  • Some households had a mix of confirmed and unconfirmed electors.  This was expected because of the nature of the other records being used to verify people’s identity. 
  • Each unconfirmed elector needed to make a fresh application to register to vote.

If you have any queries about the changes you can either access more information at, or you can contact Cornwall Council’s IER Team at or telephone 0300 123 1115.