Electoral registration FAQs
This page contains some of the questions we are asked most frequently about Elections and Electoral Registration. Click on the question below to show the answer.
What elections are happening in my area this year?
Elections are taking place on 3 May 2018 for all seats on South Cambridgeshire District Council and for all parishes in the district.
If you are registered to vote and entitled to vote at the elections taking place, you will receive a poll card around the end of March. Your poll card will tell you where you should go to vote.
What should I do if I am not registered?
Individual Electoral Registration (IER) was introduced in England on 10 June 2014. IER requires residents to be responsible for their own registration - electors can no longer be registered as part of a household.
IER also introduced online registration, making the process quicker and easier. Visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote to register and find out more.
My neighbours have received poll cards, but I haven't - will I be able to vote?
Poll cards do not always arrive together, but it would be best to check that you are on the Register by calling 03450 455 214.
I have already told the council I live here and I have voted in the past – why am I not registered?
Even if you have registered to pay council tax or receive other council services, you may still need to register. This will especially be the case if you have recently moved house.
Do I have to be on the Register to get credit?
It will almost certainly be much harder to obtain credit if you are not on the Register.
Why are there two versions of the Register?
The Full Register has the names and addresses of everyone registered to vote and is updated every month. Anyone can look at it at the Council's office, but copies can only be supplied for certain purposes, such as elections and law enforcement. Credit reference agencies are also allowed to use the Full Register, but only to check your name and address if you are applying for credit, and to help stop 'money laundering'. Anyone who has a copy of the Register will be committing a criminal offence if they unlawfully pass on information from it.
The Open Register is available for general sale and can be used for any purpose. You can choose not to be on it. It will be kept separate from the Full Register and updated every month. The Open Register can be bought by any person, company or organisation and could be used for different purposes such as checking your identity and commercial activities such as marketing.
Should you "Opt Out" of the Open Register?
If you do tick the "opt out" box when registering, your name and address will only appear on the Full Register. If you do not tick the box, your name will also appear on the open version of the Register, which anyone can buy. This means anyone can use your details for any purpose. To opt out once already registered you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I view the Register online, or can you look someone up for me?
The Register is not available to view online.
A paper copy of the Register can be inspected in person at the Council's offices in Cambourne.
My name has changed. How do I change it on the register?
What is the Council's verification number?
The verification number is the number of electors that need to petition the Council if they want a referendum to be held on whether to have an elected mayor for the Council's area.