Annual Registration 2013/14
From early October, every household in the city will receive an annual registration form. This form contains the names of the people who are currently registered to vote at your address. By law, every household must respond to this form every year.
The Annual Registration Form
The Annual Registration Form is our annual clean up of the electoral register. By law, we must update the electoral register every year to make sure that the register contains the correct details for every household in Manchester and that anyone eligible is able to vote if they choose to. The Annual Registration form is for the whole household, anybody who lives at the property and is eligible to vote can complete and return the form.
It is a legal requirement to respond to your annual registration form. Failure to respond is an offence which could lead to a fine of up to £1000 and/or six month's imprisonment.
Please contact the Electoral Services Unit if you have lost or have not received your form.
Responding to your Annual Registration Form
Your annual registration form is addressed to 'The Occupier' and will have pre-printed details of every person who is registered to vote at the address. Even if the form has the names of the previous residents, it is still for you to complete as the new occupier of the property.
If all the details on the form are correct, then you do not even have to post the form back to us - simply use either the freephone, online or text service numbers supplied in the top right hand corner. Please note that these services are only for people who do not want to make any changes. Names can only be added, removed or amended by making changes to the form and posting it back.
If you want to check that we have received your form, simply contact us on 0161 234 1212 or email email@example.com.
To add any new residents, make changes to the details of people already on the annual registration form or to remove somebody who no longer lives at the address, please use section A of the form. Remember to write clearly and neatly so that our staff can process your forms efficiently.
Please also put your nationality in the relevant box. The nationality we are interested in is the one on your passport, this is why when you are English, Scottish, Welsh or from Northern Ireland you are listed as British, because you hold a British passport.
Only those over 70 years old need to tick the box under the Jury Service exemption column.
There are two versions of the electoral register - the full electoral register and the edited register. The full electoral register contains the names and addresses of everybody who is registered to vote. Everybody who is registered to vote is included on the full Electoral Register. The Edited Electoral Register is available for sale to anybody, including commercial companies who use it for direct marketing purposes. If you do not want your name and address to appear on the edited electoral register, you can choose to 'opt out' of the Edited Register by ticking the next box along so your name does not appear on it.
If any person on the form wants to vote by post, they need to put a tick in the box under the Postal Voter column. The Electoral Services Unit will then send a postal vote application form to that person.
If anyone in the household is 16 or 17 years old please add their name as normal but also include their date of birth in the column at the end of the form. We only require a date of birth for 16 and 17 year olds and not for any other resident.
If the house is unoccupied, used as a second home, a business property or no one is eligible to go on the electoral register then please complete section B.
Finally, please note that it is a legal requirement that you sign the form - any unsigned forms will be returned to the property and your response cannot be accepted.
The publication of the register
The electoral register will be published on 17 February 2014 .