The role of the Council's Electoral Services Team is to ensure that every eligible Westminster resident can, if they wish, exercise their right to vote.
No. You must be a British, Irish or Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of another European Union state and be resident in Westminster. All applicants, whether through the annual process or rolling registration, are required to state their nationality. Failure to do so may result in delay before your name can be added to the register. You must be over 18 years old to vote. However you can appear on the Register if you are 16 or 17. Your name will be shown with the date on which you will be eligible to vote, you will then be able to vote in any election that happens on or after your birthday.
Every year, by law, the Electoral Registration Officer has to prepare a new and accurate Register of Electors. The Annual Canvass is the method used for collecting this information and every household within Westminster will receive an annual electoral registration form.
As from Friday 11th October 2013 the monthly individual voter registration update procedure is suspended across the United Kingdom. There are no monthly updates published in December, January or February. The individual voter registration form does not therefore appear on these web pages during the household canvass period.
The next Register of Electors, published on 17th February 2014, will form the basis for voting at all elections and referendums held within the year that the Register remains in force.
Stage 1 – First form posted to every residential property on 6th October 2013.
Stage 2 – Reminder form posted to all non-responding properties on 31st October 2013.
Stage 3 – Door to door enquiries to all non-responding properties by Westminster canvassers between 29th November and 24th January (canvassers will not be visiting properties between the 20th December and 6th January).
What do I need to do?
Every household must respond to the registration form, even if no-one is eligible. If you are eligible to vote, you must make sure that your name is included on the Register of Electors.
Check all the details on the form. If the details are correct you can re-register by using one of the following services, and there is no need to return the completed form in the post. (Please note that you can opt out of the Edited Register using the Freephone and Internet Service).
Freephone - 0808 284 1426
Internet – www.elecreg.co.uk/wcc
Text Message (SMS) – 07786 209 426
You will need the two part security code which can be found on the top right hand corner of your registration form.
If there are any changes to the printed information you must make the necessary changes by crossing through the old information and adding the new. The form must then be returned by post, fax or email.
For further instructions on how to complete your form please click here
Appearing on other council records i.e. being registered to pay Council Tax does not automatically mean that a person will be included on the Register of Electors.
Please return the form immediately to ensure that you are not visited by our door-to-door canvassers. However, if you are re-registering existing information by telephone or by internet or by text, you will NOT need to return the form.
To be able to participate in elections and therefore influence those who make the decisions that affect you on a daily basis.
You may find it harder to obtain credit, mortgages, loans etc. if you don’t register. The electoral register is one of the documents used by the financial services industry when authorising applications.
A quick response saves the council’s and your money, as there is no need to pay canvassers to call at your property.
Refusing to provide the relevant information may lead to a fine. Providing false information is an offence.
We also have special application forms for people living overseas; crown servants or diplomats and their dependants; remand prisoners; homeless people; and voluntary patients in mental health hospitals. Please seek further advice from Electoral Services if you fall into one of these categories.
You can apply to be registered anonymously if you believe that being on the register of electors could affect your safety. If you believe this to be the case please contact electoral services to find out more information and to be advised on what you should do next.
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