Date confirmed for move to individual electoral registration

From the Cabinet Office comes the news:

The government has … confirmed its intention to move to IER [Individual Electoral Registration] on 10 June 2014 in England and Wales and 19 September 2014 in Scotland…

This means that from those dates, people will no longer apply to register to vote as a household. Instead, everyone will apply as an individual, providing evidence of their identity such as a National Insurance Number and date of birth.

The timetable was originally set out in the White Paper Individual Electoral Registration in 2011 and confirmed in the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013. The Electoral Commission’s recent readiness report on the project, published in October, found no reason to delay implementation, and the government has today signalled that it agrees with the Commission’s judgement.

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