Electoral Registration

Frequently Asked Questions for this Service

Question: Am I on the Electoral Register?

Answer: To confirm if you are on the electoral register you need to contact the Council's Contact Centre on (01983) 823380

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Question: Where is the Register Of Electors available to view?

Answer: The Full Register of Electors, which lists every elector registered on the Isle Of Wight, is available to view at County Hall, Newport.

The Edited Register, which only lists those electors who have not asked to be excluded, is avaialble at all libraries on the Isle Of Wight, and may also be purchased in either a paper or electronic format.

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Question: If I live in a mobile / holiday home and don't pay council tax can I register on the Electoral Register?

Answer: YES - registering as an elector does not depend upon the type of property you live in or whether or not you pay Council Tax.

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Question: How do I prove that I have an entry on the Register of Electors?

Answer: Electoral Services can provide written proof that an individual has an entry on the Register of Electors.

To comply with the Data Protection Act the applicant has to write a letter to Electoral Services, County Hall, Newport, Isle Of Wight, PO30 1UD giving their full name and address, and stating that they would like confirmation of their entry on the Register.

The letter must be signed by the applicant, and a fee of £10 enclosed - cheques payable to "Isle Of Wight Council".

The confirmation is usually sent within one working day of receipt, to the address at which the applicant is registered.

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Question: What is the deadline for returning my postal vote?

Answer: Postal votes can be handed in at any Polling Station in your electoral area, or returned in the post. Whichever method is used they must be received by the time polls close (10:00pm) on the day of the election.

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Question: CANVASS: The people that used to live at this address are on the form, what should I do?

Answer: If any names need to be removed, then they should be crossed out with a single black line through the name(s). You will then need to add the full names and nationalities of any eligible person living at the address. If there are no eligible residents, you should state why this is the case.

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Question: CANVASS: Holiday Homes - I have received an Household Enquiry Form at my second (holiday) home. What should I do with it?

Answer: If you personally use your holiday home as a "residence" (ie you use it yourself for part of the year), then you and anyone else who uses it as a "residence" can register. You will then be registered both here and on the mainland - this is NOT illegal, and you may vote in both areas in Local Elections, but only in one area in Parliamentary or European elections.
Even if you choose not to register, you must send the form back, with the box in the "Nobody Eligible to Vote" section ticked to indicate why no one should be registered - by sending the form back you will save us the cost, and you the trouble, of having a Reminder form delivered.

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Question: I do not want to vote, do I still need to be on the Electoral Register?

Answer: If we have invited you to register to vote it is important that you respond. If you don’t, we will send you reminders through the post and someone will visit your home. At the end of this process we may send you a requirement to register; if you fail to do so without providing adequate reason why you have not, you may be fined £80. Not being registered can also impact on applications for mortgages or mobile phones, since credit reference agencies use the register to validate applications.

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Question: How do I update the Electoral Register if I have got married?

Answer: If your name has changed you need to complete a change of name form with your previous and new name and the date of the change. Please contact us and we will send the form to you.

You will need to provide evidence to support the change of name, such as a marriage certificate or deed poll certificate.

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Question: I have received a form for a 2nd property that I own, but which is currently empty. What should I do?

Answer: If a property is empty then the owner cannot be residing at the address, and so should not be registered.

Please cross out any pre-printed names and tick the box in the section headed "Nobody Eligible to Vote" to show that the property is empty before signing, dating and returning the form.



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Question: On the Household Enquiry Form I am eligible for a postal vote but I no longer want one. What shall I do?

Answer: Cross out the word "Postal" against your name and write a note on the form to the effect of '' I no longer wish to receive a postal vote.''

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Question: CANVASS: One of the named people on the Household Enquiry Form works overseas but this is still their home address, can they be included on the register?

Answer: Anyone working away from home for six months or less can be included on the form.

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Question: What is the purpose of the "Open" or "Edited" Register of Electors?

Answer: The Open, or Edited, Register of Electors is the commercial version of the Register, and details within it can be sold to any person or organisation, and they can use them for any purpose. If you want your details excluded from the Open, or Edited, Register, then please tick the "Open Register" box on the registration form.
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 (e.g. fraud), calling people for jury service and checking credit applications.
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 change your opt-out preference at any time by making a request with your full name, address and an indication of whether you wish to be included in or omitted from the edited register. You can do this in writing or over the phone by calling 01983 823380. We will also write to you to confirm any change.


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Question: CANVASS: What do I need to do with my "Invitation to Register" form which has arrived in the post?

Answer: If you have received a letter to say that you need to re-register to vote, it is important that you respond. You can register by visiting www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or by returning the form included with the letter.
If you have not been automatically transferred to the new register, a special process has been put in place so that you will still be able to vote in elections until December 2015, even if you don’t re-register. The only exception to this is if you plan to vote via post or proxy. If you do, you will need to register under the new system or you will only be able to vote in person at a polling station.

Eventually, all those who were not automatically transferred will need to re-register. It’s really important that you re-register as soon as possible as you will eventually lose your vote.

We have written to everyone who needs to re-register to ask them to register and let them know what to do. The Electoral Commission is also running public awareness advertising.


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Question: CANVASS: I want to be excluded from the "Open" or "Edited" Register, what should I do?

Answer: Your name and address will be included in the "Open" or "Edited" register unless you ask for them to be removed. Removing your details from the open, or edited, register does not affect your right to vote. You can change your opt-out preference at any time by making a request with your full name, address and an indication of whether you wish to be included in or omitted from the open register. You can do this in writing or over the phone by calling 01983 823380. We will also write to you to confirm any change.

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Question: How do I add my details to the Electoral Register?

Answer: It is quicker and easier to register on-line. You will need your date of birth, and your National Insurance number. If you do not have access to the internet please call Electoral Services on 01983 823380 and they will complete the form for you, or tell us your name and address and we can post a form to you. - Related Link

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Question: My daughter/son is away at University, where should they be registered?

Answer: Students can be registered at both their parents' home and at their term time address [university residence, shared house etc]. They will need to contact the local authority where they live during term-time to register at that address.


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Question: CANVASS: One of the named people on the form is deceased what should I do?

Answer: If names need to be removed, then they should be crossed out with a single black line through the name(s), and a note as to why they should be removed made against each name.


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Question: Which countries citizens are eligible to register and vote?

Answer: The full list of countries whose citizens can register to vote in the United Kingdom can be found using the following link: - Related Link

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