I'd forgotten about this one. The scope for voter registration fraud is immense i think. Its from April 2015.
It is not essential to provide your national insurance (NI) number
when registering to vote.
If you don’t know your NI number – which can
usually be found on payslips or official letters about benefits, tax or
pensions – you can just say soby giving a simple explanation.
It is then
up to your local council to verify your identity.
Although online registration closes for the majority of voters on 7
June, local electoral registration offices have longer to verify your
Whatever you do make sure you register to vote. You can think
about who to vote for later.
“Under the new online registration system it’s just one of the ways
you can have your identity verified,” says Oliver Sidorczuk, director of
Bite the Ballot. “If you fill in the application, without your national insurance number, it’s your local council’s duty to verify you.”
According to the Cabinet Office, electoral registration officials
will then contact you if they are unable to verify the application using
other local data sources.
Such sources include cross-referencing your information with data
from the Department for Work and Pensions and the Student Loans Company.
If they cannot verify you, the local electoral registration office will contact you to request further identification. (my emphasis)
This will likely be a photograph of your passport, or driving
“Most progressive councils should, and I would suggest must,
allow you to email in smartphone photos of your passport and driving
licence,” (my emphasis) says Sidorczuk.
Less than 25% of the population know their NI number, estimates Ben Page,
head of polling organisation Ipsos Mori. If you are one of them, all
you have to do when filling in the online form is explain why don’t know
it. You can simply write: “I don’t know where it is.”
what to say?
Bite The Ballot HERE
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