9 in 10 automatically transfer to Individual Electoral Registration (IER)

A Cabinet Office report released on Tuesday 21, October shows that nearly nine in ten people in England and Wales have been successfully added to the electoral register automatically through IER. 

By Sarah.Aston

22 Oct 2014

IER is the new registration system that allows electors to register individually online using their name, address, date of birth and National Insurance number.

These details are then matched to existing government’s records and sent to the Electoral Services Team who complete the application and verify that everyone on the register is who they say they are.

Using a new IT system, over 36 million people, 90% of electors, have been able to transition to the new registration system without having to submit a new application.

The one in ten people not matched and those making new applications still need to provide additional information to be registered through an online application process.

Since the launch of IER in June, more than two million people have registered to vote, with the vast majority using the new online service and reporting a satisfaction rate of over 90%.

Minister for the Constitution Sam Gyimah (pictured) said: “The electoral register is central to our democracy and by introducing IER we’re ensuring that we have a system fit for the 21st century.

“As today’s report shows, we’ve exceeded our expectations of the number of people who will be automatically registered, and this demonstrates the success of what’s been a complex IT project and historic electoral transition.”

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