Individual Electoral Registration will give people more control over the process and increase the accuracy of the register.

The next step towards a voting system fit for the 21st century has arrived as Electoral Registration Officers (EROs) prepare to contact voters across the UK about the changes to the electoral register.

Individual Electoral Registration (IER) will give people more control and ownership over the process and increase the accuracy of the register – with the new system able to verify that everyone on the register is who they say they are. This will ensure that there is greater trust in the legitimacy and fairness of our elections.

This change gets rid of the outdated ‘head of household’ registration system and places electoral registration in the hands of individuals. Members of the public will soon be contacted by their local ERO to inform them of what, if anything, they need to do next.

There will also be the launch of a TV, online and billboard public awareness campaign by the Electoral Commission to raise awareness of the changes.

The process is supported by a new online system launched last month which makes registering easier than ever. People can now register by simply providing their name, address, date of birth and National Insurance number in what is a secure, convenient, and modern way of registering to vote.

Under the new system, around 80% of those already on the electoral register will be automatically added after their name and address is matched against existing government records. Those people who are not successfully matched may need to provide additional information to be registered, but thanks to the new online electoral registration system, this is now a quick and easy process that takes as little as 3 minutes.