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Our role in individual electoral registration

On this page you can find out what we're doing to support the move to individual electoral registration in Great Britain.

Individual electoral registration was introduced in England and Wales in June 2014 and in Scotland on 19 September 2014.

We are working closely with all involved in the introduction of individual electoral registration to make sure that is implemented successfully.

Monitoring the move to IER

We have scrutinised legislation and are continually working with government to ensure that individual registration is implemented successfully.


We carry out research on voter registration to help inform the the process.

Data matching

We are also evaluating the government's data matching schemes to assess the extent to which they improve the quality of the electoral register.

Guidance for electoral administrators

We provide guidance and support to help electoral registration officers (EROs).

Public awareness

We have worked with government and others to develop and coordinate a programme of public awareness activity to make sure electors understand what they need to do under the new registration system.

Get involved

We would very much like to speak to organisations interested in working with the Electoral Commission by opening their communication channels, free of charge, to communicate messages about IER.  

It's easy to get involved. The Electoral Commission can supply printed materials and communication and digital tools to help organisations communicate key messages. 

If your organisation would like to find out more, please email our Partnerships Team.

Electoral registration