Have your say at the next general election - register to vote now!


With just five months to go until the general election, thousands of Hackney residents still need to register to vote.

People who have moved to the area or have not voted before need to visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote to allow them to make their voice heard.

When registering, voters can request a postal vote or they can vote in person on polling day - 7 May 2015 - at their allotted polling station.

The way we register to vote has changed. Under the old system, the ‘head of the household’ could register everyone who lived at their address during the annual canvass period. Under the new system – Individual Electoral Registration – each person must register individually. It is hoped the new system will be more secure.

Most people who are already registered to vote will be registered automatically under the new system, however some people will need to provide their full name, date of birth, address and national insurance number to make sure their details are correct.

Registering is simple and takes just a couple of minutes online or it can be done by post. The Council’s Electoral Canvassers are also visiting homes in the borough to help people to register.

The Council wrote to everyone in September, letting them know whether they had been automatically re-registered and what action to take if they had not.

A revised Electoral Register was published on 1 December. Residents can check they are registered by visiting Hackney Town Hall or CLR St James Library or by calling 020 8356 3000.Find out more at www.hackney.gov.uk/elections. Register to vote at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote