Register to vote

The way you register to vote has changed

The registration system changed in June 2014. The new system is called Individual Electoral Registration (IER).

People are now required to register as individuals using the new system.

How is the new system different?

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  • You can now register online at
  • Everyone is responsible for registering themselves.
  • You need to provide a few more details to register – including your National Insurance number and date of birth.

How do I register under the new system?

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  • Go to
  • Fill in your details. You’ll 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.

Most people who are already registered to vote are being moved onto the new system automatically.

Anyone not already registered at their current address will be sent an invitation to register form.

IER makes it easier for you to register to vote online and helps tackle electoral fraud.

Why should I register?

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  • The information is required by law.
  • If you are not registered, you cannot vote in elections.
  • You may find it difficult to get credit, loans, phone contracts, a mortgage or bank account as the register is used by credit reference agencies.

Who is eligible to register?

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  • You must be resident in the electoral area. If you don't have a fixed address you can make a 'declaration of local connection' via the new IER system. You will still need to provide your date of birth and National Insurance number.
  • You must be a British, Irish, Commonwealth citizen or citizen of a European Union country.
  • You must be 18 or over, or must attain the age of 18 during the life of the registering period.
  • You must not be subject to any legal incapacity to vote

Rolling registration dates for the 2017/2018 register

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The electoral register will be published on 1 December 2017 from the information received as a result of our annual canvass.

After the publication of 1 December 2017 register, we update the register as part of the rolling registration procedure. However, applications need to be received by the last date for applications date, which is shown in the table below, to be included on the next monthly update to the register. 


 Last date for applications       Date added to the register

Rolling registration dates for the 2016/2017 register
Monday  11 December 2017 Tuesday 2 January 2018
Wednesday 10 January 2018 Thursday 1 February 2018
Wednesday 7 February 2018 Thursday 1 March 2018
Monday 12 March 2018 Tuesday 3 April 2018
Monday 9 April 2018 Tuesday 1 May 2018
Thursday 10 May 2018 Friday 1 June 2018
Friday 8 June 2018 Monday 2 July 2018
Tuesday 10 July 2018 Wednesday 1 August 2018
Friday 10 August 2018 Monday 3 September 2018


The Register of Electors

We make two versions of the register, the Full Register and the Open Register.

The Full Register

The Full Register lists everyone who is registered to vote.It is used for law enforcement and by credit reference agencies, but only to check your name and address if you are applying for credit and other purposes specified in the law.

It is a criminal offence to give, or use, copies of it for purposes other than those set down in legislation.  It is available for inspection under supervision at our offices at Trafford Town Hall.

The Open Register

The Open Register (also known as the edited register) is available for general sale and can be used for any purpose and be bought by anyone – including for marketing purposes.

Electors who have requested to ‘opt out’ of the open register will not have their details included on the open register

How can I ‘opt out’ of the Open Register?

You can opt out of the open register by completing our opt out form.

Viewing the register

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You can inspect the Full Electoral Register at Trafford Town Hall between the hours of 10am – noon and 2pm – 4pm.

  • Inspection of the Register will be under supervision.
  • You can take extracts from the Register, but only by hand written notes.
  • Information taken must not be used for direct marketing purposes, in accordance with the Data Protection Act, unless it has been published in the edited version.

Anyone who fails to observe these conditions is committing a criminal offence and will be charged a penalty of up to £5,000.

Historical Registers 

Once a new Register is published, the previous version of the Register is no longer available for public inspection.

Registers are not available for public inspection until 10 years after their first public inspection date has past. After a 10 year period has elapsed, historical copies of the Full Electoral Register are available for unsupervised inspection from the Local Studies Library, 24 hours notice is required if you wish to view these registers.  

Information contained in historical Registers can be supplied as a copy, in the format in which it is held, provided it is only used for research purposes which are defined as statistical or historical purposed [which meet] 'the relevant conditions' in relation to any processing of personal data.


This authority is under a duty to protect the public funds it administers, and to this end may use the information you have provided on this form for the prevention and detection of fraud. It may also share this information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds for these purposes. For further information, see our Level 2 Fair Processing Notice or or contact our Audit & Assurance Section on (0161) 912 2000.