The annual canvass to update the Register of Electors
The Council started the annual canvass to update the Register of Electors from 15 July. The Register of Electors will be in use from 1 December 2022 to 30 November 2023.
We delivered letters to all homes across South Tyneside, to help us identify all those entitled to vote. The letter lists all the people living at the property that we currently have on the Register of Electors.
Please check the printed details on the letter, and instructions on how to respond if required.
If you need to respond, you should do this immediately.
We encourage you to respond online, where you will be able to:
amend a name
add the names and nationality of any new occupants
remove the names of those who no longer live at the address
confirm there are no changes needed
request a postal vote application form
make changes to the open register
Responding to the letter does not automatically register new occupiers to vote.
Any new occupiers, who are not listed on the letter will also need to apply to register to vote. See how to register.
If you have moved house recently, we encourage you to look out for the letters and check the details.
How to register to vote
If you do not have access to the internet, phone us on 0191 427 7000. We can complete your application over the phone.
Fill in your name, address, date of birth and a few other details. You'll also need your national insurance number, which can be found on your national insurance card, or in official paperwork such as payslips, or letters about benefits or tax credits.
Look out for a confirmation to say you're registered.
Who can register to vote
You can register to vote in the UK if you are:
a resident (usually live) in the UK, and
aged 16 or over (but you will not be able to vote until you are 18)
You must also be either:
a British, Irish or European Union citizen, or
a Commonwealth citizen who has leave to remain in the UK or who does not require leave to remain in the UK
Reasons to register to vote
To be able to vote in elections, you must be registered.
If you aren't registered to vote, you won't have the chance to have a say on who represents you.
Some people also register to vote because they want to apply for credit. Credit reference agencies use the Electoral Register to confirm where someone lives when they apply for credit to counteract fraud.
If you don't register to vote, you won't have a say at future elections and referendums. If you don't respond to requests for information from the Electoral Registration Office you could be at risk of getting fined £80.
Check if you're already registered to vote
To check if you are already registered, you can contact the Elections Office:
The Elections Office Town Hall and Civic Offices Westoe Road South Shields Tyne and Wear NE33 2RL