FOI request | Individual Electoral Registration drop off numbers by ward level for Exeter City Council

Previously, one person in every household was responsible for registering everyone else who lives at that address.  Under individual electoral registration, each person is now required to register to vote individually, rather than by household.

Under Individual Electoral Registration you need to provide ‘identifying information’, such as date of birth and national insurance number, when applying to register and the application will need to be verified before you are added to the register. Anyone unable to supply this information can provide an alternative form of evidence of their identity.

HOPE not hate Voter Registration campaign





An astonishing 7.5 million people are not registered to vote in the UK – that’s one of seven of all adults.

The unregistered are disproportionally the young, the poor and those from minority communities – the very groups that need representation most.

HOPE not hate ran a Voter Registration drive ahead of the 2015 General Election to help give these people a voice and we need your help to make this happen.

The website will help people register, spread the word amongst their friends and join together to run Voter Registration drives in their local communities.

Please use this website and join us in giving a voice to the voiceless.

Ahead of the 2016 voter registration campaign, the HOPE not hate team have been making FOI requests to local authorities around the country to see.

Dear Exeter City Council,

As I am currently planning our 2016 VR campaign, can you please let me know:

a. The number of electors registered on 22 May 2014:

b. The number of electors registered in Dec 2014:

c. The number of electors registered in Feb 2015:

d. The number of electors registered on 7 May 2015 (this includes all electors, including the non IER registered electors):

e. The number of electors registered on 7 May 2015, but only not IER registered (in other words, only those whose details have not been matched again the DWP and thus are defined as a “red matches” and will end up being dropped off the register on either 1 Dec 2015 or 1 Dec 2016):

f. A breakdown of these current “red matches” per wards:
Alphington: 161
Cowick: 70
Duryard: 52
Exwick: 135
Heavitree: 91
Mincinglake: 54
Newtown: 239
Pennsylvania: 75
Pinhoe: 55
Polsloe: 273
Priory: 130
St Davids: 308
St James: 1366
St Leonards: 74
St Loyes: 56
St Thomas: 142
Topsham: 95
Whipton Barton: 68

I know you will be performing a household canvass from August, so you will not be able to speculate as to how many carry forward electors will be removed once the full transition to IER is completed.

I just need an overall image of the situation as it is at the moment.

Yours sincerely,

Elisabeth Pop
HOPE not hate
Policy Officer
VR Manager