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Updating the register of electors

Between the 17 and 31 July, we will be sending a letter or canvass form to every residential property in South Tyneside to check and update the register of electors.

The letters and forms list all the people living at the property that we currently have on the register of electors.

If you receive a letter

If you receive a letter please check the information printed on it and respond online at if there are any changes to make. 

You will need your two part security code which will be printed on the letter if you do need to make changes. You do not need to respond to the letter if the information we have about your household is correct.

If you receive a canvass form

If you receive a canvass form you must respond to it immediately, even if there are no changes. 

The simplest way to respond is online at . You will need to enter part 1 and part 2 of the security code which is printed on the form. 

You can also respond by one of the following ways if there are no changes to make:

  • Phone - call 0800 197 9871 and when prompted enter part 1 and part 2 of the security code which is printed on the front of the form
  • Text message - text NO CHANGE followed by part 1 and part 2 of your security code to 80212 (standard network charges apply) If nobody is eligible to vote include a reason after your security code e.g. empty, business, 2nd home, none, other

You can also return your form by post in the freepost envelope provided and tell us about any changes to be made on the form.

New residents

If any new residents' names are added to the form they will need to register separately at or you can phone us on  0191 427 7000 and complete an application to register over the phone.  You will need to know your National Insurance number to be able to register.

If you do not respond

If you do not respond to the canvass form by 4 September, the Electoral Registration Officer is required by law to follow it up by either contacting you by telephone, or by calling at your house to collect the form. 

During the coronavirus pandemic it will be difficult to maintain a safe distance from residents during face to face house calls. To prevent someone having to call at your home, please respond to the canvass form immediately to keep yourself and your family safe and reduce the possibility of catching or spreading the virus.

How to apply to register to vote

  1. Go to
  2. 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.
  3. Look out for a confirmation to say you're registered.

If you do not have access to the internet, you can phone us on 0191 427 7000 and we can complete your application over the phone.

Information about how we handle your personal data is available on the council's Privacy Notice - Electoral Services.

Ways to vote

You can vote at a polling station, or you can apply for a postal vote. Find out more about How to vote.

When will my details be included on the register of electors?

The following table gives the dates when you will be included on the register of electors depending when we receive your application.

Last day to apply to register to voteDate your details will be included on the Register of Electors
Friday 10 January 2020Monday 3 February 2020
Friday 7 February 2020Monday 2 March 2020
Tuesday 10 March 2020Wednesday 1 April 2020
Tuesday 7 April 2020Friday 1 May 2020
Thursday 7 May 2020Monday 1 June 2020
Tuesday 9 June 2020Wednesday 1 July 2020
Friday 10 July 2020Monday 3 August 2020
Monday 10 August 2020Tuesday 1 September 2020

Who is eligible to register to vote?

You can register to vote in the UK if you are:

  • 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

Why should I register?

You need to register to be able to vote. 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. This is because credit reference agencies use the register to confirm where someone lives when they apply for credit to counteract fraud.

What if I don't register?

Not only will you not have a say at future elections and referendums, but if you don't respond to requests for information from the electoral registration office you could be at risk of getting fined £80.

It's important you register to vote now. If your name is missing from the electoral register you don't get a say in how things are run.

The Electoral Registers

Using information received from the public, registration officers keep two registers - the electoral register and the open register (also known as the edited register).

For more information see Electoral registers

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