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Individual electoral registration

A new system of individual electoral registration (IER) was introduced in June 2014. You are now responsible for registering yourself to vote, unlike the old system where the head of the household registered everyone.

The new system is more secure because every one who applies to register will have their details verified before they can be entered onto the electoral register. This means that you'll need to provide your date of birth and national insurance number when you register, so your application can be confirmed as valid and genuine.

Voting by post or proxy

To apply for a new postal or proxy vote, you must be registered to vote.

When you apply to vote by proxy, the person you appoint as your proxy must also be registered to vote and entitled to vote in the elections they will be voting in on your behalf.

Registering as a student

Before the new system, your college, hall or administration department registered you to vote without the need for you to do anything.

The new system places the responsibility of registering on the individual, so you'll need to register yourself if you want to vote here in Cambridge.

As a student you're allowed to register at both your home and term-time address, although you are only allowed to vote once at national elections  (or if both your addresses are in the same local authority area).


  1. As a student registering in Cambridge, make sure that you use the address you physically live at and not the postal address of your college or hall.
  2. Don't give your family home address in the 'previous address' section, unless you want to be removed from the register at that address.
  3. If you move at any time during your time at university, you'll need to re-register each time. Make sure that you give your previous term-time address in Cambridge so that we can remove you from there.

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