Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013

The Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 makes provision about the registration of electors and the administration and conduct of elections; and amends section 3(2)(a) of the Parliamentary Constituencies Act 1986.

The Act aims to reduce electoral fraud by speeding up the introduction of Individual Electoral Registration and to modernise our electoral registration system, making it convenient for people to register to vote. 

The Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 will open up new methods to enable voting, including electronic voting.


Main aims

The Act's main aims are to

  •  Tackle electoral fraud.
  • Improve the integrity of our electoral system, in particular the electoral register.
  • Modernise our electoral registration system, making it more convenient for people to register to vote.
  • Make a number of improvements to the running of elections. 

Provisions

Individual Electoral Registration (IER)

government itUnder the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 electors must register individually rather than by household. In doing so, an individual must provide information which would be used to verify their application, including National Insurance Number.

IER would be a requirement for any new registrations and for anyone who wants to vote by post or proxy from 2014. After 1 December 2015 everyone on the electoral register would be registered under the new system.

Data Matching

The Act provides for the use of data matching to verify applications and to confirm existing entries in registers to help maintain completeness during the transition to IER.

Modernisation

The Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 will modernise the electoral registration system, making it easier for people to register to vote, for example by opening up the way for digital applications.

Election Administration

The Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 makes changes to the administration of elections that will support effective voter participation in elections, further improve the integrity of our electoral system and ensure that the process underpinning our elections is more robust.

Supervision and Enforcement

  • Cabinet Office
  • Electoral Commission

Reference

Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013

UK/2013/C/6