Updating electoral roll

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Find out more about viewing and purchasing copies of the Register of Electors.

When you apply to join or update the electoral register you can choose to have your name and address excluded from the open register, meaning your details can not be bought to use for marketing purposes.

The IEC’s Terry Tselane has encouraged the public to visit registration centres.“Those registering for the first time just need to bring their bar-coded IDs or their smart cards.

They don’t need any proof of residence.” You can check whether you're registered on the IEC website. Alternatively, you can send an SMS with your ID number to 32810 which will cost R1 per SMS.

Students can register to vote at both their home address and their term-time address. Contact us if you need to check whether your name is already on the electoral register – it can take up to 5 working days (from receiving your application) for your details to be registered.

Once your details are verified by DWP you’ll receive a confirmation letter. If you've changed address you need to re-register to vote to update your details - that's because the law does not allow us to use the details we hold (such as council tax records) to automatically update the register.

A copy of the open register can be bought by anyone, and they may use it for any purpose, including marketing.

You should consider your privacy and whether you want to 'opt out' of the open register.

Anyone inspecting the full register may only make a hand written copy of the extract they are inspecting.

Your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed.

Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote.

You can register to vote online, alternatively print, complete and return a register to vote paper form.

Everyone is responsible for registering themselves and by law you must register to vote or you could be fined.

It is still possible to register to vote throughout the year.

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