You can now register to vote online. Register to Vote What is the electoral register?The electoral register is the list of everyone who is registered to vote at UK Parliamentary, Scottish Government and Local Government elections. You must be on the register to vote. How do I register to vote? You can register to vote on-line by visiting the gov.uk website. It is very quick and easy. Remember, you will need to have your national insurance number and date of birth to hand when you register. Alternatively you can contact the electoral registration office by telephone and an application form will be posted to you. You will need to supply your date of birth and national insurance number with your application form. When should I register? You can register at any time. The register of electors is updated and a new version published each year. However, if you are not already listed on the register or if you want to be registered at a new address, you can apply at any time to have your name included. You can register as soon as you move to a new address. Additions and deletions to the register can be made every month. Applications have to be made at the beginning of the month in order to be included on the updated register published the following month or during the annual canvass of households. Please note that in the run up to an election you will only be able to vote at that election if your name has been added to the register of electors up to 12 working days before the date of the election. Who can register to vote? The main criteria be registered to vote are:- Residence The application should be for the address at which you currently reside, that being your usual and permanent place of residence and not a temporary residence such as a holiday home or second home. Age In Scotland, you can register to vote when you are 14. You can vote in local and Scottish Parliamentary election when you are 16. The voting age for UK Parliamentary (Westminster) elections is 18. Nationality Persons eligible to be registered are: British Citizens Commonwealth Citizens who have leave to remain in the UK or who do not require such leave Citizens of The Republic Of Ireland The citizens listed above have, subject to any other statutory restriction, full voting rights at all types of elections and referendums. Citizens of Other European Union Countries Qualifying Foreign Citizens A citizen that has leave to remain in the UK or who does not require such leave These citizens are entitled to vote at Scottish Parliamentary and Local Government Elections only, although they may be included in National Referendums depending on the relevant franchise restrictions for the event. EU citizens and qualifying foreign citizens are not eligible to vote in UK Parliamentary Elections. Further information is available on the Electoral Commission website. Special Category Electors If you are a British citizen living outside the United Kingdom, and you satisfy the conditions, you may register as an overseas elector. This will enable you to vote at Parliamentary and European Parliamentary elections in the UK (if you are a peer you will be entitled to vote only at European Parliamentary elections). Click on the following links to the Electoral Commission website for information regarding registration and voting for : Armed Forces (Services Electors) Overseas Voters (British Citizens living overseas) Crown Servants People with no fixed address Anonymous Registration If you need any further information you can email email@example.com or call 01382 434444. There Are Two Registers. Why? Using information received from the public, Electoral Registration Officers keep two registers – the Electoral Register and the Open Register (previously known as the Edited Register). The Electoral Register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in public elections. The register is used for electoral purposes – such as making sure only eligible people can vote – and for other limited purposes specified in law. All personal data in each register must always be processed in line with data-protection legislation. The Electoral Register The use of the Electoral Register is heavily restricted by Statutory Regulations. It can only be provided to, or used by, authorised persons including:- Election staff, political parties, candidates and holders of elected office use the register for electoral purposes. Your local council and the British Library hold copies that anyone may look at under supervision. A copy is also held by the Electoral Commission, the Boundary Commissions (which set constituency boundaries for most elections) and the Office for National Statistics. The council can use the register for duties relating to security, enforcing the law and preventing crime. The police and the security services can also use it for law enforcement. The register is used when calling people for jury service. Government departments may buy the register from local registration officers and use it to help prevent and detect crime. They can also use it to safeguard national security by checking the background of job applicants and employees. Credit reference agencies can buy the register. They help other organisations to check the names and addresses of people applying for credit. They also use it to carry out identity checks when trying to prevent and detect money laundering. It is a criminal offence for anyone to supply or use the register for anything else. The Open Register The Open Register is an extract of the Electoral Register, but is not used for elections. It can be bought by any person, company or organisation. For example, it is used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details. Your name and address will be included in the Open Register unless you ask for them to be removed. Removing your details from the Open Register would not affect your right to vote. Users of the Open Register may include: businesses checking the identity and address details of people who apply for their services such as insurance, goods hire and property rental, as well as when they shop online businesses selling age-restricted goods or services, such as alcohol and gambling online, to meet the rules on verifying the age of their customers charities and voluntary agencies, for example to help maintain contact information for those who have chosen to donate bone marrow and to help people separated by adoption to find each other charities, to help with fundraising and contacting people who have made donations debt-collection agencies when tracing people who have changed address without telling their creditors Direct-marketing firms when maintaining their mailing lists landlords and letting agents when checking the identity of potential tenants local councils when identifying and contacting residents online directory firms to help users of the websites find people, such as when reuniting friends and families organisations tracing and identifying beneficiaries of wills, pensions and insurance policies private-sector firms to verify details of job applicants. A Note about the Open Register As noted above, the law allows anyone to buy a copy of the Open Register (previously known as the Edited Register) for a prescribed fee. This register has been in place since 2002 – prior to that date the full Electoral Register could be sold to anyone for a fee. Since 2002 electors have had to make a choice about whether to opt out of the Edited Register. All households are sent a canvass form every year listing everyone who was registered to vote. Each person on the form may choose to tick a box on the form indicating that they want to be opted out of the Edited Register. Your will continue until you tell us that you wish to change it (unless you change address – then you would have to make a fresh registration application and Open Register choice). In Dundee we have only very rarely sold copies of the Open (Edited Register). Any that have been sold have been small sections of the register requested by local community groups for community buy out purposes etc. We are not aware of any purchases by marketing companies. Although details of the availability of the Open Register are provided on our website (as we are required to do by law) we do not actively market this register. Voting by Post If you are on the register and would prefer to vote by post, simply complete a form and return it to the Electoral Registration Office at 21 City Square or email back to firstname.lastname@example.org. Regulations require us to collect personal identifier information – your signature and date of birth. This is held securely and will be used at election times to compare against the signature and date of birth which has to be provided on a security statement returned with postal votes. Forms must be signed if you need a form sent out you can contact the Electoral Registration Office on 01382 434444. Applications - Click on the application below to download Description Postal Application – Devolved Elections Postal Application Form to be able to vote by post at a Scottish Parliamentary or Scottish Local Government Election. Postal Application – Reserved Elections - You can apply online click here Postal Application Form to be able to vote by post at a UK Parliamentary or UK Parliament Recall Petition Postal Application – Devolved Elections – where a waiver is required Postal Application Form to be able to vote by post at a Scottish Parliamentary or Scottish Local Government Election but where you are unable to sign in a consistent manner. Postal Application – Reserved Elections – where a waiver is required - You can apply online click here Postal Application Form to be able to vote by post at a UK Parliamentary or UK Parliament Recall Petition but where you are unable to sign in a consistent manner. Voting by Proxy If you are on the register and would prefer to vote by proxy, simply complete a form and return it to the Electoral Registration Office at 21 City Square or email back to email@example.com. Forms must be signed if you need a form sent out you can contact the Electoral Registration Office on 01382 434444. Applications - Click on the application below to download Description Proxy Application – Devolved Elections Proxy Application Form to be able to vote via a proxy at a Scottish Parliament or Scottish Local Government Election. Can be used for any type of proxy application. Proxy Application – Reserved Elections - You can apply online click here Proxy Application Form to be able to vote via a proxy at a UK Parliament or UK Parliament Recall Petition. Can be used for any type of proxy application. Proxy Application – Devolved Elections – where a waiver is required Proxy Application Form to be able to vote via a proxy at a Scottish Parliament or Scottish Local Government Election but where you are unable to sign in a consistent manner. Can be used for any type of proxy application. Proxy Application – Reserved Elections – where a waiver is required - You can apply online click here Proxy Application Form to be able to vote via a proxy at a UK Parliament or UK Parliament Recall Petition but where you are unable to sign in a consistent manner. Can be used for any type of proxy application. Annual Canvass In August each year, households in Dundee will receive an electoral registration canvass form asking residents to check whether the information that appears on the electoral register for those living at their address is correct. The aim of the form is to ensure that the electoral register is up to date and to identify any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so. The annual canvass is an opportunity for people to check the form whether they are registered and if they are asked to respond then they must do so. This includes asking for anyone living in the household to register if they are: A British or Irish citizen, a qualifying foreign national or European Union citizen – a foreign citizen must be resident in Scotland and either have leave to enter or remain in the UK or not require such leave. Aged 14 or older (15 year olds and some 14 year olds are also entitled to be included on the register as ‘attainers’) – you can vote in Scottish Parliamentary or local government elections once you are 16, and can vote in UK Parliamentary elections once you are 18.) Anyone that wants to vote in an election must be registered. Canvass Letters, Forms & Data Matching: Prior to the canvass forms being sent, registered electors will have been data matched against national records held by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Where all registered electors in the household are matched to DWP records those households will be sent an email (where an email address has been provided) setting out the details of the registered electors at that address and they will be asked to respond to confirm if the information is correct, or to inform the Electoral Registration Officer of any changes in the household. Households for which no email address has been provided and households who do not respond to the email they will be sent a canvass letter in August each year setting out the details of registered electors. These households will only need to respond to the letter if changes to those details are required. Households where only some of the electors (or no electors) are matched to DWP records will be sent a canvass form in August each year setting out the details of registered electors at that address. These households will be required to respond to the canvass form to confirm the names of the registered electors at that address or to supply the Electoral Registration Officer with the correct details. Householders can respond to the canvass form on-line via the web address provided, or by telephone, text or email, or the form can be posted back in a pre-paid envelope which will be provided. Anyone failing to respond to the canvass form will be sent reminders letters and may receive a telephone call, reminder email or a household visit (subject to Scottish Government health guidance) in an effort to obtain a response. The Electoral Registration Officer aims to publish the revised register of electors for Dundee City on 1 December each year although delaying publication can be extended to 1 February the following year. Any residents who have any questions can contact the Electoral Registration Office on 01382 43444. Or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org Rolling Registration A revised electoral register is published at the conclusion of the annual canvass of electors every year. The latest revised register is then updated throughout the year by publication of monthly notices of alteration. The process of monthly alterations to the register is referred to as “rolling registration,” where electors can be added or removed from the register on the publication of monthly notices. To ensure an elector has been added or removed from the register prior to the publication of the next alteration notice, the Electoral Registration Officer must be notified by the last date for registration applications. Applications are open for public inspection for a further 5 working days to allow for any objections until the Electoral Registration Officer makes the final decision by the determination deadline as to whether an alteration to the register is required. Electoral Registration Forms If you require to complete a new electoral registration form to register to vote, the easiest way to do so is to go online at http://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote If you wish to apply to vote by post, or appoint a proxy, please visit www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter where you may download the appropriate application form. Further electoral registration information is available to view at www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter You can also contact us at the following address: The Electoral Registration Officer for Dundee21 City Square, Dundee, DD1 3BYTel: 01382 434444Email: email@example.com How to apply for Voter ID You will require to show ID for any UK Parliament Elections. Find out more on to apply here.