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Electoral Registration and why it's important for movers

Apr 27, 2016

For house buyers, informing the Local Electoral Registration Officer that they have moved home is probably not top of their list when dealing with the challenges and demands of a house move. However it is important for a number of reasons, not just voting - and it is a requirement in law.

Research by the independent Electoral Commission indicates that across Great Britain, recent home movers are far less likely to be registered than those that have lived at the same address for a long time. The research showed that 94 % of people who have been at their property for more than sixteen years will be registered compared to 40% of people who have lived at an address for less than one year.

Of course being on the Electoral Register enables you to vote in local and UK elections and referendums. However as well as being able to vote, there are other reasons why it’s important to be on the electoral register:

•Credit checks - credit reference agencies and banks use the electoral register to check an individual’s identity when they apply for credit. If they are not on the register they may be refused a bank account, loan, credit card or mortgage

•Proof of address

So it's not just being able to vote that being on the electoral register is vital for, it may also improve the individual’s chances of getting credit, and don’t forget if they fail to provide their registration details they could be fined up to a £1000!

The following people can register to vote:

•Anyone aged 16 or over can register to vote but you cannot vote until they are 18

•British citizens or qualifying Commonwealth countries

•Citizens of other EU member states resident in the UK can vote in local government elections but cannot vote in UK Parliamentary elections

Registering online is easy

Go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote to register online. It's straightforward and only takes a couple of minutes. Your tenants will just need their date of birth and national insurance number. Alternatively they can contact their Local Authority Registration Officer.

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