You can now register online on the Register to Vote section of the Government's website. Everyone is responsible for registering themselves, rather than just the 'head of every household'. Under this old system they would register everyone who lived at their address - this is no longer the case.
However you will need to provide a few more details to register – including your national insurance number and date of birth. This makes the registration more secure.
Simply visit the Register to Vote section of the Government's website. You will then be asked to fill in your name, address, date of birth and a few other details. You’ll also need your national insurance number, which can be found on your national insurance card, or in official paperwork such as payslips or letters about benefits or tax credits. Finally just look out for a confirmation letter to say you are registered.
We are writing to people to tell them whether they need to take action - look out for this letter between Thursday 24th July and Sunday 3rd August 2014.
Most people who are already registered to vote will be registered automatically under the new system. They do not need to do anything.
If you are asked to respond to the letter, make sure you do this. The letter will tell you whether you are on the new register or whether you need to take action. Either way, it will tell you what to do.
You may need to re-register under the new system if you have changed address or your name has changed since you received a confirmation that you were registered, or if you did not receive a letter.
Visit the Your Vote Matters section of the Government's website for further details.