Electoral Register

​The Electoral Register is a list of everyone who is entitled to vote. 

You must be registered in order to vote. You are not automatically registered, even if you pay Council Tax.

Man walking past a polling station

​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. 

European elections 2014

If you wish to vote in the European elections in the UK on 22 May, you must register to vote (if you have not already done so) and fill in an additional form called the European Parliament voter registration form.
The purpose of this form is to get you to declare that you are going to vote in the European elections in the UK only, rather than in your home country. This is because you are not allowed to vote in the European elections in two countries.

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

Annual canvass

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.
You can get a copy of the form from the Electoral Commission's website or call us on 020 8430 2000 to ask for a form.
Forms should be sent to:
Electoral Services
Room 38
Newham Town Hall
Barking Road
E6 2RP
You must also complete the annual Electoral Register review form next time we send it to you.

Rolling registration dates 2014

If you wish to vote in the Newham Council and Mayor elections and European elections on 22 May, you must register to vote by Tuesday 6 May.
​Updated register published
​Last date for receiving applications
​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 the 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.

Full register

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.

Edited register

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. 
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  • Electoral Services
    Room 38
    Newham Town Hall
    Barking Road
    E6 2RP

    020 8430 2000

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