Running electoral registration - England

Using local data matching for the purpose of processing overseas elector applications

Local data matching can provide you with further information which you can use to make a decision as to whether to allow a new application.

Matching against local data allows you to use data sources to:1

  • inform your decision as whether you are satisfied that an applicant meets either the previously registered or previously resident conditions
  • verify an applicant’s identity

Local data-matching should only be used if you are satisfied that the data sources available to you can satisfy the requirements of the task. 

Our guidance on Deciding whether to use local data for verification and Potential data sources for local data matching contains more information about local data matching. 

Last updated: 13 December 2023