Elections - electoral register

The electoral register is a record of everyone who lives within the boundaries of the local authority and who is eligible to vote at elections.  

With effect from 10 June 2014 the way in which you register to vote changed.

New registration arrangements and verification of applicants' identities

All new registration applications have to be done individually.

When registering to vote, you will be asked to give your:

• Full name - forenames and surname

• Current residential address and previous address

• Nationality - if you have multiple nationalities please provide all

• Date of birth

• National Insurance Number.

Your details will be checked against other records to verify your identity before the registration office can approve your application. The introduction of individual registration was to help address concerns about potential fraud, and your identity will need to be verified before you can be registered.

If your name, date of birth and national insurance number are not verified after you have applied to be registered Watford Borough Council electoral registration office will contact you to ask you to provide documentary evidence, such as a passport, to support your application.


If you successfully register before Your details will be changed on . . .
Thursday 11 December 2014 Friday 2 January 2015
Friday 9 January 2015 Monday 2 February 2015
Friday 6 February 2015 Monday 2 March 2015
Tuesday 10 March 2015 Tuesday 1 April 2015
Monday 20 April 2015

Wednesday 29 April 2015
Ready for the elections on 7 May 2015

Friday 8 May 2015 Monday 1 June 2015
Tuesday 9 June 2015 Wednesday 1 July 2015
Friday 10 July 2015 Monday 3 August 2015
Monday 10 August 2015 Tuesday 1 September 2015
There are no monthly updates to the Register during either October or November 2015  
 Monday 23 November 2015  Tuesday 1 December 2015

How to Register

Under the new system, Electoral registration should now be done online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Individuals who are unable to complete an online application are still able to complete a paper form, if you prefer, which Watford Borough Council electoral registration office will send on your request.

In addition to making your application either online or by post, you may wish to provide a copy of your passport; UK photo driving licence; EEA Identity card; UK-issued biometric resident permit or Northern Ireland electoral ID card to enable us to process your registration without delay even if your details are not matched against government records. If applying online, you can additionally send scanned images to elections@watford.gov.uk . This is not essential but will assist electoral services and probably prevent the need for a request for further documentation (necessary for up to 25% of applications made) and ensure that your registration is complete and ready for addition at the next statutory deadline.

The electoral register and the open register

Using information received from the public, registration officers keep two registers – the electoral register and the open register (previously 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

• 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 organization. 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 contact your district or borough council at any time to ask them to remove your details from the open register. You will need to specify your name and address and that you want your details excluded from it. Exclusion from the open register will not affect your voting rights or credit status.

Further information or questions

If you have any queries about the changes you can either access more information from the Electoral Commission’s About My Vote website, or you can email the local electoral registration service at elections@watford.gov.uk  

Changes to electoral registration

For more information