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Confirmation of Voter Registration 2024

Certificate

We have a busy year of elections with Local and Police and Crime Commissioner Elections in May and a Parliamentary Election this year so we need to make sure that our electoral register records are correct. Being registered to vote gives you the right to vote in elections and can improve your credit rating.

From 22 February 2024, all households in Preston will receive an email or letter to check who is registered to vote.

How will we be contacting properties?

Emails or forms will be sent out from 22 February 2024.

By Post

Forms will be addressed to The Occupier.

If the details are wrong:

If the details on the form are not correct, please respond online using the Household Response Service email printed on the form.  Or you can amend the form and post it back to the Town Hall, Lancaster Road, Preston PR1 2RL.

If the details on the form are right:

If the details on the form are correct, you do not need to do anything further.

By Email

Emails will be sent out to electors who have previously supplied an email address to us.

The email will be sent from a Preston City Council Household Response email address

The email will explain how to check online who is registered and how to respond. Please reply online as soon as you can.

An example of this email is below:

Sample Email - Confirmation of Registration (PDF) [112KB]

If the details on the form are correct, you do not need to do anything further.

What if the details are the same?

Please read your form carefully. If your details are the same, you do not need to do anything further.

What if the details are different?

Please read your form carefully. If the details are different and you need to add or delete someone, you will need to respond to Household Response Service using the security codes printed on your form.

If you are unable to reply online you can complete the form and post it back to us.

Don't forget to include any 16, 17 or 18 year olds but don't include anyone under 16.

Adding a new person's details?

When a new person is added, providing they are eligible to register to vote, a different registration form will be emailed or posted out.  It will be addressed to them by name or emailed direct.  This asks for further information such as date of birth and national insurance number.  They will not be on the electoral register until they have successfully completed this application form.  

Are you a student?

You can register at both your home address and term-time address. Then you're ready to vote at the next election whether you're at home or at University.

To find out more please contact us at electoralservices@preston.gov.uk or call 01772 906908.

Frequently Asked Questions

These are the Frequently Asked Questions that are contained on the back of the form and in the email:

Someone in my household isn't registered, what should I do?

Anyone whose name is not included in this letter should go to Gov.UK - Register to Vote to register. We can also provide paper application forms on request.

I have already told the council I live here and I have voted in the past - why am I not registered?

Even if you have registered for council tax or council services, you still need to apply to register. We are writing/emailing to every household to make sure everyone who is eligible is registered.

What elections are happening in my area?

The next Police and Crime Commissioner and local elections take place on Thursday 2 May 2024.

If you are entitled to vote at the election, you will receive a poll card with more information in April. You will also receive information on any other elections that may be happening on the same day and at which you can vote.

Will I be able to vote at the Police and Crime Commissioner Election and local elections on Thursday 2 May 2024?

You need to be included on the electoral register in order to vote.

There are some people who are entitled to be registered, but won't be entitled to vote in a particular election.

For example, while you can register to vote before you turn 18, you have to be 18 or older on election day in order to vote.

Citizens of the UK, Ireland, European Union and the Commonwealth can all register and are able to vote in local council elections. However, only citizens of the UK, Ireland and Commonwealth nations can vote in some elections (for example a UK Parliamentary election).

How can I apply to vote by post?

If you are registered to vote at this property and would like to by post, please apply online at Gov.UK - Apply for a Postal Vote, you are required to upload a photo of your wet ink signature to complete the online application.

Please do not supply a digital signature or we may not be able to accept your application.

Applying online will make sure your application is processed early, and your postal vote can be sent to you more quickly once the candidates for the elections are confirmed. If you are unable to apply online, you can print a paper application, please go to Gov.UK - Apply for a paper Postal Vote and return the application to the Town Hall, Lancaster Road, Preston, PR1 2RL or call the helpline on 01772 906908 to request an application to be posted.

How can I apply to vote by proxy?

If you are registered to vote at this property and are unable to cast your vote in person, you can ask someone you trust to cast your vote for you. This is called a proxy vote and the person casting your vote is often referred to as your proxy.

The person voting on your behalf can either go to your polling station to cast your vote or can apply to vote for you by post.

To apply for a proxy vote, please visit Gov.UK - Apply for a Proxy Vote, you are required to upload a photo of your wet ink signature to complete the online application.

Please do not supply a digital signature or we may not be able to accept your application. If you are unable to apply online you can print a paper application, please go to Gov.UK - Apply for a paper Proxy Vote and return the application to Town Hall, Lancaster Road, Preston, PR1 2RL or call the helpline on 01772 906908 to request an application form to be posted.

Voter ID and Voter Authority Certificate Information

You need to show photographic ID to vote at a polling station. Some of the accepted forms of ID include passport, photo driving licence, blue badge, bus pass, Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS card), Biometric immigration document, Defence identity card, National identity card - A full list of accepted identification documents is available at Electoral Commission - Voter ID Expired documents can still be used if the photo is a good likeness.

What if I don't have photographic ID?

If you don't have any photo ID you can apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate. They last for 10 years so apply now then you're ready to vote in future elections at Electoral Commission - Voter ID

Your Privacy

We will only use the information you give us for electoral purposes. We will look after your personal information securely and we will follow the data protection legislation. For more information please refer to the Council's Privacy notice.

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