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Register to vote in UK elections

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Main article: Electoral registration in the United Kingdom
Within the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom, the right to register for voting extends to all British, Republic of Ireland, Commonwealth and European Union citizens. British citizens[clarification needed] living overseas may register for up to 15 years after they were last registered at an address in the UK.[7] It is possible for someone to register before their 18th birthday as long as they will reach that age before the next revision of the register.
The register is compiled for each polling district, and held by the electoral registration office. In the United Kingdom, this office is located at the local council (district, borough, or unitary level). In Scotland, the offices are sometimes located with councils, but may also be separate. Northern Ireland has a central Electoral Office run by the government.
At present, the register is compiled by sending an annual canvass form to every house (a process introduced by Representation of the People Act 1918). A fine of up to 1,000 (level 3 on the Standard scale) can be imposed for giving false information. Up to 2001, the revised register was published on 15 February each year, based on a qualifying date of 10 October, and a draft register published on 28 November the previous year. From 2001 as a result of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000, the annual 'revised' register is published on 1 December, although it is possible to update the register with new names each month between January and September.
The register has two formats. The full version of the register is available for supervised inspection by anyone, by legal right. It is this register that is used for voting and its supply and use is limited by law. Copies of this register are available to certain groups and individuals, such as credit reference agencies and political parties.
An 'edited' or 'open' version of the register, which omits those people who have chosen to 'opt out', can be purchased by anyone for any purpose. Some companies provide online searchable access to the edited register for a fee.[8]
The Information Commissioner's Office, Electoral Commission, Local Government Association and the Association of Electoral Administrators have called for the abolition of the edited register. The organisations believe that the register should only be used for purposes related to elections and referendums and that the sale of voters' personal details is a practice that may discourage people from registering to vote. The Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee recommended the abolition of the edited register in its report on the Government’s proposals for individual electoral registration and other electoral administration provisions. Other organisations, including credit reference agencies, debt collection agencies and direct marketing companies have argued for the retention of the edited register. However, notwithstanding the above, Mark Harper MP, as Minister for Political and Constitutional Affairs, announced during the committee stage of the Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012-13 on 25 June 2012 that the edited register will be retained. http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/SN06198
The full register contains the following information:
  • elector number (one or more characters indicating the polling district, followed by a number)
  • elector's name and address
  • date of birth (if 18th birthday falls within a year of the register is published)
  • if the elector has requested a postal vote
A 'Marked Register' is a copy of the register that has a mark by the name of each elector who has voted.[9] It serves as the record of who has voted in the election, and it is kept for a year after the election.[10] After an election anyone can inspect the marked register, and certain people can purchase a copy of it.[9] The marked register does not indicate who electors voted for, nor does it contain ballot paper numbers.[11]
Plans for a Coordinated Online Register of Electors (CORE) are underway; the intention being to standardise local registers and permit central data access.
It was suggested that the register data could be taken from the data that was to be held on the proposed Citizen Information Project [1], or on the National Identity Register [2]. In January 2005 the Constitutional Affairs Committee and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister began a joint inquiry into reforming the registration system. In January 2010 the Identity Documents Act 2010 repealed the Identity Cards Act 2006 which set up the National Identity Register.
Despite widespread calls for its introduction, the Electoral Administration Act 2006 did not provide for individual elector registration, on the justification that registration levels would fall. However, the Political Parties and Elections Act 2009 introduced a move from a system of household registration to a system of individual electoral registration in Great Britain.[12]

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Re: Register to vote in UK elections, before 20 April 2015

I just rang my old UK council to check I was registered to vote as I had heard nothing from them. They said they will be sending out the postal votes around the 23rd of April what are the chances of that arriving before I go away on May 2nd?
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Re: Register to vote in UK elections, before 20 April 2015

The UK might hold a referendum on remaining in the EU this year. Are you a registered postal voter?

The eligibility to vote in a referendum differs to a general election: British, Irish and Commonwealth citizens over 18 who are resident in the UK, along with UK nationals who have lived overseas for less than 15 years. Members of the House of Lords and Commonwealth citizens in Gibraltar will also be eligible, unlike in a general election.

Citizens from EU countries - apart from Ireland, Malta and Cyprus - will not get a vote.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-32810887

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postal...United_Kingdom

Register to vote here, http://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/
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