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This part of the website is designed to help Electoral Registration Officers (EROs) and their staff in running electoral registration. On this page is our guidance on preparing for and delivering the transition to individual electoral registration.

Individual Electoral Registration (IER) Guidance

Latest updates

  • IER: Guidance on assisted applications


    We have published additional guidance for EROs in England and Wales to address how to manage the registration process in the case of individuals who may, for reasons of physical or mental incapacity, need assistance registering individually. 

    The guidance is available here in English and here in Welsh and is linked to from paragraph 4.81 of the IER guidance. This guidance replaces paragraphs 4.83 and 4.84 of the previous version of Part 2: ‘Registration Framework’ of the IER guidance. We are working to incorporate the new guidance into Part 2 and will confirm via the Bulletin once it has been updated.

    Guidance for EROs in Scotland 

    We have also now published guidance for EROs in Scotland which reflects the differences in the legislation governing mental capacity in Scotland. That guidance is available here

  • Changes to IER guidance


    We have updated our IER guidance for Electoral Registration Officers to reflect amendments to legislation, including those made by the Representation of the People (England and Wales) (Description of Electoral Registers and Amendment) Regulations 2013, which were revised after they were initially laid, and have since been made.

    We have also made a number of other small changes and corrections. Changes have also been made to the Ministerial Guidance contained in Parts 3 and 4 as a result of the revised legislation, including a new section on contingency (section 11 of the Ministerial guidance, contained in Part 4).  

Part 1

Preparing for IER

This part covers:

  • IER's key challenges
  • Managing the postponed canvass 2013-2014
  • Planning and resourcing the transition: the confirmation dry-run, drawing up a public engagement strategy and your implementation plan

Part 1 - Preparing for IER (PDF)

Part 2

Registration framework

This part covers:

  • aspects of electoral registration that are not specifically related to the transition to IER, namely eligibility to vote and roles and responsibilities of the ERO

Part 2 - Registration framework (PDF)

Part 3

June to December 2014

This part covers:

  • Guidance on the activities EROs will need to undertake from June to December 2014

Part 3 - The transition to IER in 2014/15 (PDF)

Part 4

Maintaining the register throughout the year

This part covers:

  • Guidance for EROs on maintaining the register throughout the year

Part 4 - Maintaining the register throughout the year (PDF)

Independence Referendum

Scottish Independence Referendum (Franchise) Act 2013

This part covers:

We have produced guidance for EROs in Scotland to support them in delivering their responsibilities under the Scottish Independence Referendum (Franchise) Act 2013.

This is supplementary guidance and only highlights where requirements or processes for the register of young voters differ from those for the register of local government electors. This guidance should be read in conjunction with Managing electoral registration in Great Britain (PDF) and Part 1 – Preparing for Individual Electoral Registration (PDF)

Scottish Independence Referendum (Franchise) Act 2013: Guidance for Electoral Registration Officers (PDF)

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