- Who can vote in Chesterfield?
- How do I register to vote?
- I didn't register like this before. What has changed?
- What is the full electoral register?
- What is the open or edited register?
- How can I be added or removed from the open register?
1. Who can vote in Chesterfield?
You can vote in Chesterfield if:
- you are 18 years old (you can register to vote at age 16)
- you are a British, other Commonwealth, Irish or other European Union citizen*
- you are living in the Chesterfield Borough Council area
* View a list of eligible countries.
2. How do I register to vote?
Paying council tax in Chesterfield does not mean that you are automatically registered to vote.
Go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
- Fill in your name, address, date of birth and other details.
- You will need your National Insurance number. You can find this on your National Insurance card, in official paperwork such as payslips, or letters about benefits or tax credits.
- You will receive confirmation from your council to say you are registered to vote.
If you don’t have access to the internet, you may still be able to download and print the registration form. Once you have completed the form, you can send it back to Election services at Chesterfield Borough Council.
The council’s electoral registration staff can also be contacted on 01246 345 806 and they will be able to help you to register.
Forgotten your National Insurance number?
If you don’t know your National Insurance number, you should contact Her Majesty's Revenues and Customs (HMRC)*.
*HMRC will not tell you your National Insurance number over the telephone, they will only post it to you.
3. I didn't register like this before. What has changed?
The way we register to vote changed on 10 June 2014. The new system is called Individual Electoral Registration or IER. From this date, anyone registering under the new system will need to register themselves. Find out more about the new system of Individual Electoral Registration.
4. What is the full electoral register?
The full electoral register lists everyone who is registered to vote. Each local electoral registration office maintains the electoral register for its own area. It is updated monthly and a revised version is published each year on 1 December.
The law says who can have a copy of the full register and what it can be used for. The full register is used for:
- electoral purposes
- crime prevention and detection
- checking identities in credit applications
- calling people for jury service
If an organisation or company is legally allowed to use the full register, it is a criminal offence for them to pass it on to anyone else or to use it for any other purpose.
The full electoral register is available for inspection at the Town Hall by appointment during normal office hours. You can also check that you are included by telephoning: 01246 345402.
5. What is the open or edited register?
The open register is also known as the edited register. It is an extract of the electoral register that is not used for elections. It leaves out the names and addresses of people who have told us they don't want to be included in it.
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 or for direct mailings about goods and services.
Your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed. Your right to vote is not affected if you ask for your details to be removed from the open register.
6. How can I be added or removed from the open register?
You can ask for your details to be added or removed from the open register in two ways.
If you register to vote online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote, you can check the checkbox if you do not want your name and address listed on the open register.