The way you register to vote has changed. Over the past few months the Electoral Commission have switched to an Individual Electoral Registration system (IER) which means that people are no longer registered by household. This means that as an individual you will have to register to vote.

How do I know if I am registered or not?

If you are not on the system you will have received a letter from your local authority informing you that you need to re-register.

Registration is easy; you can do it online by following the simple onscreen instructions here:

You can also contact the council for a paper application.

Barking & Dagenham residents please call: 020 7227 2945

Havering residents please call: 01708 432444

POSTAL VOTERS: Because of the change over to the new system ALL residents previously registered for a postal vote will have to re-apply for one, this can be done by calling your council on the numbers above. Please note that before applying for a postal vote you must be registered on the new system (see above for details).

Registering to vote is important.

Jon Cruddas MP is urging all residents to register and take part in what may prove to be the most important election this country has seen in decades; "Throughout history people have fought and died for the right to take part in the democratic process. That is why it is so important for people to vote and have their say on the direction we take our country in. I'm urging the people of Dagenham, Rainham, South Hornchurch and Elm Park to register and use their vote this May, even if it is to vote for ‘none of the above'."