Why should I register to vote?
- The Electoral Register is used by credit reference agencies to check your name and address if you are applying for credit.
- If your name is not on the register, you may not be able to obtain credit, a mortgage or a mobile phone contract
- Schools may use the electoral register to check that you live within the their catchment area
- We may check the register when you request a resident’s parking permit.
- It is a criminal offence to refuse to complete the registration form or to give false information, carrying a fine of up to £1,000.
Who can register to vote?
You can register to vote if you are 16 years of age and over, resident in the UK and you are:
- a UK citizen
- a qualifying Commonwealth citizen
- a citizen of the Irish Republic
- a citizen of the European Union (EU)
- not legally excluded from voting.
European Union (EU) citizens
If you are a citizen of an EU country other than the Republic of Ireland, Malta and Cyprus you are not entitled to vote in UK parliamentary elections but you are eligible to vote in European parliamentary, local council and mayoral, London Assembly and London mayoral elections.
Expatriate UK citizens
If you are living outside the UK, you may register to vote in UK and European parliamentary elections for up to 15 years since you were last registered on the electoral register at a UK address or as a service elector.
How to register
Between August and November, we send every household in Newham an Electoral Register review form - known as the annual canvass. You are required by law to fill in the review form and send it back to us.
The form tells you what to do if:
- all names and details on the form are correct
- you wish to opt out of the edited version of the Electoral Register
- you wish to vote by post
- the names listed at the property are no longer correct
- you wish to add a name
- you wish to make a change to the details on the form
- the property is empty.
If your details have changed
Between December and August you should complete an electoral registration form:
- every time you move home
- if someone has moved into your home
- if someone has moved out of your home
- if you have changed your name.
Forms should be sent to:
Newham Town Hall
You must also complete the annual Electoral Register review form next time we send it to you.
Rolling registration dates 2014
|Monday 3 March 2014
||Friday 7 February 2014|
|Tuesday 1 April 2014
||Monday 10 March 2014|
|Thursday 24 April 2014
||Friday 11 April 2014|
|Between Friday 25 April 2014 and Wednesday 14 May 2014
||6 working days before the determination deadline (determination date is th day before the date of publication)|
|Thursday 15 May 2014
||Tuesday 6 May 2014|
|Monday 2 June 2014
||Friday 9 May 2014|
|Tuesday 1 July 2014
||Monday 9 June 2014|
|Friday 1 August 2014
||Thursday 10 July 2014|
|Monday 1 September 2014
||Friday 8 August 2014|
The electoral register
We make and keep two versions of the borough’s Register of Electors – a full version and an edited version.
The full version of the electoral register lists everyone who is entitled to vote. By law, it can only be used for electoral purposes, prevention and detection of crime and checking your identity when you apply for credit. It is a criminal offence to pass it on to anyone else or to use it for any other purpose.
The edited version of the register leaves out the names and addresses of people who have asked to be excluded from it. It is available for sale and can be used by anyone for any purpose. For example, direct mailing companies may use it to send you information about goods and services.
Removing your details from the public register
You can choose not to have your details on the edited version of the register. You should mark your preference on your voter registration form.
Inspecting the electoral register
You can inspect the full version of the register at Newham Town Hall, East Ham from 10am - 12 noon and from 2pm - 4pm, Monday to Friday. To book a one-hour appointment, telephone 0203 373 1928.
The register and archive copies are also available at Stratford library.
You may take handwritten notes but you are not allowed to photocopy pages of the register.
Petitions for a referendum
You can petition us if you would like us to hold a referendum on changing the way Newham is governed (from a directly elected Mayor to a committee system).
Your petition must be signed by at least 5 per cent of those registered to vote in local government elections in the borough. This means that petitions presented between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2014 will need to have a minimum of 10,350 signatures.
We review the number of signatures needed on 15 February each year in line with the number of people in the electoral register (to make sure that it corresponds with 5 per cent of local government electors). If the number of signatures needed on 15 February 2014 is less than 10,350, the lower number will come into effect as soon as we publish it rather than waiting until 1 April 2014.