Register to vote

To follow any changes to this service, visit the Council Service Updates page.

Everyone is responsible for their own registration. This is known as Individual Electoral Registration (IER).

You can now register online, quickly and easily. If you are not registered you cannot vote.

How do I register?

You can now register online in just five minutes. You’ll need to give your name, address, date of birth and national insurance number.

You can find your national insurance number on documents such as payslips, letters about benefits and tax returns. What to do if you can’t find your national insurance number.

Why do I need to register to vote?

  • Residents have to be on the full electoral register by law. Failure to register can incur a civil penalty of £80
  • You can only vote in an election if you register to vote
  • Credit Reference Agencies use the electoral register when checking if a person has a good credit rating. If you aren’t listed you may have difficulty applying for a loan, credit card, mortgage, or in opening a bank account
  • Under certain circumstances you can register anonymously but will have to follow legal procedures to do so

Data protection

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took effect from 25 May 2018.  Together with the Data Protection Bill it will replace the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), and will apply to the processing of all personal data. Electoral Registration Officers and Returning Officers are personally responsible for ensuring that they comply with the requirements of the GDPR.

Data protection requirements have been in place for many years. Although the GDPR does broaden the requirements, particularly in relation to demonstrating accountability and transparency, many of the key principles are the same as those in the DPA 1998.

Our Privacy Notice can be found on our data protection page.

The Register of Electors

We produce two versions of the register of electors, the full register and the open register.

The full register includes the name and address of everyone in North Lincolnshire who has registered to vote. Anyone can view the register during office hours at Church Square House, 30-40 High Street, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, DN15 6NL . You can also view a copy at Scunthorpe Central, Barton Library and Brigg Library.

By law, only certain people and organisations can have copies of the full register and it can only be used for certain things, such as elections, law enforcement and checking applications for credit. It is a criminal offence for any of these organisations to pass on information from the full register to anyone else.

The open register can be bought by anyone and used for any reason. You can choose not to be on the open register.

How can I opt in or out of the open register?

To opt in (be put back on the open register) or opt out (be removed from the open register). You can either:

  • Fill out a new full registration online on the GOV.UK website and opt in or out when asked about the open register
  • Call the elections office during opening hours on 01724 296245

Who can register to vote in North Lincolnshire?

To register to vote in North Lincolnshire you must:

Students can register at their home and their term time address but they cannot vote twice in a UK Parliamentary or European Parliamentary election.

When will I be registered – Rolling Registration?

Once the new register is published in December the register is updated every month up until September. This is known as rolling registration. In the autumn an annual canvass is done to compile the new register.

New Register – eCommunication or letter

This year the Government has reformed the way councils compile the new register.  It’s called Canvass Reform 2020.  Each year, all local authorities will have their current electors data matched against records held by the Department of Work & Pensions (DWP).  When we get the results back all properties will be identified by a specific route.  All electors matched in a property will go into Route 1 and all empty properties or where there is one or more unmatched elector will go into Route 2.

For Route 1 properties, to save the council some money, we will be asking people to confirm that the information we have on the electoral register is correct by email or text.  This communication will be sent in July.  There will be a link to complete your response online and when accessed will look like this https://www.elecreg.co.uk/northlincs.  The communication will contain two security codes unique to a property.   If we do not hold any contact details we will send a letter in August addressed to The Occupier asking you to check who is listed on the form.  If there are no changes then you do not need to do anything.  The form will indicate the options for a response if there is a change to be made.

You are helping the environment by allowing us to contact you by email or text, otherwise we have to send you the letter in the post.  If you have any doubt as to the authenticity of the communication, please contact Electoral Services on 01724 296245.

Route 2 properties will be sent a Canvass Form in August.  The letter will be addressed to The Occupier and must be completed.  The letter will contain the two part security code for the response.  If we have not received a response then one of our canvassers will call in September/October and help you to complete the Canvass Form.  All canvassers will carry an identity card.   You can call our helpline number if you have any concerns.

Publication of verification number


The Local Government Act 2000 provides that electors in the council’s area can petition the council to hold a referendum on whether a local authority should change to a different form of governance.

A petition must be signed by at least five per cent of the local government electors for the district. In accordance with the above regulations, the number that is equal to five per cent of the number of local government electors shown in the revised register of electors having effect on the 15 February 2020 is 6,534.  This figure will have effect for the purposes of determining the validity of petitions presented from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021.

Denise Hyde

Dated: 15 February 2020