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This page is for people registering to vote in Preston for the first time, or if you have moved house.
A new electoral registration system started in 2014 called Individual Electoral Registration (IER). Each person is responsible for their own registration.
British Sign Language version of the Electoral Commissions 'What is Individual Electoral Registration and how to register' video, can be watched directly through our You tube channel.
You can register online, before you start make sure you have:
Please provide a contact number or email address on your application. This information is not published, it is only used if we need to contact you about your application.
If you don't have access to the internet please contact us on 01772 906908 and we can help you to register.
You can register to vote if you're 16 or 17 (although you can't vote until you are 18).
The Electoral Register will updated on the following statutory dates:-
Completing your registration application online does not confirm that you are on the register. You will receive a letter from us letting you know when you are registered, or we will be in touch if we need any further information.
You will need to register at your new address. You can apply online.
If you don't have access to the internet please contact us on 01772 906908 for assistance.
There are two versions of the register - the electoral register and the open register.
Electoral Register - The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote. The register is used for electoral purposes, such as making sure only eligible people can vote and for other limited purposes in law such as detecting crime (fraud), checking credit applications and calling people for jury service.
Open Register - The open register is an extract of the electoral register, but it is not used for elections. It can be bought by any person, company or organisation. Businesses and charities can buy the open register and use it to send information to you.
You can request to remove your details from the open register by emailing email@example.com or you can call us on 01772 906908.
If you are a student you can register at both your home and term-time addresses. If your home and term-time address are in different authorities, you can vote in local elections in both. However, if you are registered in two authorities, you can only vote in one for a general election.
If you are a member of the Armed Forces and you wish to register, please visit the dedicated Armed Forces section of the Your Vote Matters website which explains the different types of registration available to you.
If you are a British Citizen currently living overseas, you can register to vote. Please see the British Citizen Overseas section of the Your Vote Matters website which contains the relevant forms, criteria for registering and further information about registering as an overseas elector.
If you are concerned for your safety and for the safety of others in the household, you can register anonymously. Please see the Register Anonymously section on the Your Vote Matters website which contains the relevant forms and criteria for registering as an anonymous elector.
If you are resident at Guild Lodge, Whittingham Lane, Whittingham and you wish to register to vote, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01772 906908 and we will send an application to register out to you.
You need to be on the electoral register to vote.
Being on the electoral register helps your credit rating. If you need a loan, finance for a new car, phone or credit card or a mortgage, being on the electoral register can help.
Individual Electoral Registration encourages people to take responsibility for their own vote.
The change allows more convenient ways to register such as online. Under the new system, you need to provide a national insurance number and date of birth. These details are checked against government records to verify your identity. This helps to make the electoral register more secure.
video from the Electoral Commission about the Individual Electoral Registration system and how to register.
If you require help with something in this section, please contact us.