What is the Electoral register?
The Electoral Register (which is also known as the register of electors, the electoral roll and the voters' roll) is a list of those entitled to vote at elections.
Annual Voter Registration
The annual Voter Registration Forms will be delivered to homes in the borough in early October 2013.
Please complete and return your form as soon as possible so you do not lose your right to vote. The updated register will be published on 17 February 2014.
If you do not need to change any details on your form the easiest way to re-register is by phone or internet.
You can re-register 24 hours a day and you can also choose to opt-out of the Edited Register when re-registering this way.
So, if there are:
- no changes to the names on the registration form
- no changes to the names on the registration form but you wish to opt-out of the Edited Register
Then re-registering by phone or internet is the quickest way for you to let us know.
- Phone: Simply call FREEPHONE 0800 197 4903 and follow the instructions.
- Internet: Visit: www.registerbyinternet.com/barnet and confirm your details.
When re-registering by phone or internet you will need to have your Voter Registration Form 2013/14 in front of you as you will need the security codes on the top right hand side of the form. Once you have confirmed your details, you will not need to post your form back to us.
If you don't register...
You and any other eligible people in your household may lose their right to vote in Parliamentary, European, Local Government Elections and Referendums, which means you won't be able to have your say in any upcoming elections.
It can also affect your credit rating, which could cause problems when you're applying for a loan or mortgage, bank or building society account, mobile phone contract, hire purchase agreement, store finance agreement or catalogue.
Not responding to your registration form will result in a canvassers visiting your home so that the Electoral Registration Office can get the information they need.
You can be fined up to £1,000 for not responding or giving any false information, so make sure you either send us the enclosed form or confirm your details.
Who Has Access To Your Information?
There are two versions of the electoral register - the Full Register and the Edited Register
By law, the Edited Register is available for general sale, including to a person, company or organisation who wishes to use the information for commercial activities such as direct marketing.
If, in previous years, you have asked not to be included on the Edited Register (i.e. you placed a tick in the column headed 'Edited Register'), then 'Edited Register' column would have been pre-ticked on your new voter registration form.
However, legally we are no longer able to pre-print a tick in this column for those residents who asked to be excluded from a previous year's Edited Register. Therefore, please ensure you place a tick (✓) in the 'Edited Register' column next to your name if you DO NOT want your details included on the Edited Register and to be available for general sale.
If you want your name and address to be excluded from the Edited Register on a permanent basis, you must inform the Electoral Registration Office in writing. You can email your instruction to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can download the permanent opt out form from www.barnet.gov.uk/elections and post it to the address on the right hand side of this page.
Please note: you can only make this instruction on your own behalf - if anyone else at your address wishes to be permanently excluded from the Edited Register they must also individually inform us of this in writing.
The Full Register lists the name and address of everyone who is registered to vote. Anyone can look at it, but it is a criminal offence to supply or use the Full Register for purposes other than those set down in law. The main use of the Full Register is to show who can vote in elections. Licensed credit reference agencies can use it, but only to check your name and address if you are applying for credit.
We are still updating the rolling register (which is updated throughout the year from January - November 2013). If you wish to apply to register, please complete a registration of electors form. There is an online registration form available on the about my vote website.
The last date for applications is Thursday 10 October and registration will be published on 1 November 2013.
Absent Vote Refresh 2013
We carried out the absent vote refresher in August and contacted everyone whose signatures was more than five years old asking them to provide a fresh signature. This process has now been completed. However, if you have received a 'notice of removal' letter you can still apply for a new absent vote by completing the application on the reverse of the letter.