Individual Electoral Registration
A new process for voter registration was introduced in Scotland on 19 September 2014, which means each person is required to register to vote individually, rather than by household. The purpose of the new system, which was introduced in England and Wales earlier that year, is to ensure greater confidence regarding the identity of electors and improve access to the registration process.
How is the new system different
- You need to provide a few more details to register – including your national insurance number and date of birth. This makes the electoral register more secure.
- You can now register online on www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
- Everyone is responsible for registering themselves. Under the old system the ‘head of every household’ could register everyone who lived at their address.
Once a person is registered under IER their registration is continuous until they move to a different address or for any reason are no longer eligible to remain registered as an elector.
If you are not registered to vote, you are now required to register on an individual basis and provide ‘personal identifiers’ - date of birth and national insurance number. This will allow registration officers to cross check the information provided against national databases and other Council records before you can be added to the register. To complete the online voter registration application, visit https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
If you prefer, you can contact the Electoral Registration Office on 01292 612221 to complete your voter registration by telephone or to request a registration form. Please remember, you will need to provide your national insurance number and date of birth to complete the registration process.
During August 2015 we will be issuing out to every household in Ayrshire a Household Enquiry Form. This form will contain the names of everyone currently registered at the property and eligible to vote. If your name does not appear on the form delivered to the household you are not currently registered. We require a response to the form even if all the details are correct, either by completing the registration form online or by using a Freephone number (see form for details), or by posting the form back to our office.
Voter Engagement App
AVJB have launched a Voter Engagement App for mobile devices. The application will be constantly updated and will feature relevant news items and current political events happening in the Ayrshire area. It also contains a link to the online registration site. Go here to download the App or
scan the QR code. The app is available to download on IOS or Android devices
Checking the Register
The Register of Electors is a public document and displayed widely throughout the registration area at public libraries, local council offices and at the office of the ERO. The link below provides a list of the Publication Offices and details the nearest location you can view a copy of the register.
If you are unable to find your name in the Register of Electors, or if you are unable to check the Register personally, contact the ERO for assistance.
The list of publication offices has been removed temporarily and is currently being updated, due to the closure of some libraries. Electoral registers can be viewed at library HQs: East Ayrshire registers can be viewed at The Dick Institute, Kilmarnock. North Ayrshire registers can be viewed at The Dunlop Centre, Dreghorn. South Ayrshire registers can be viewed at Carnegie Library, Ayr.
Click here to find your current Electoral Ward.
Click here to find out more about Postal and Proxy Voting Information.