Do I need my NI number to vote?


Now I imagine that anyone who reads a political blog like ours will have made sure that they are on the electoral register.

But all activists need to know how to advise a voter on registering. Simple, you just go to, enter your personal details including your National Insurance number and all will be sorted.

But what if you have lost your National Insurance number or you are away from home and can’t get hold of it  – does that mean you are disenfranchised? Believe it or not, there is a website whose sole purpose is to answer that question, and it’s neatly called (I’ve inserted a few capital letters to make it easier to read but, as you all know, URLs are not case sensitive).

Apparently, your NI number usually functions as evidence of your identity but you may use alternatives instead, although they may delay the registration process. Read through the advice on the site about what to do next.

And don’t forget that the deadline for registering for the election is 20th April.





* Mary Reid is a contributing editor on Lib Dem Voice. She was a councillor in Kingston upon Thames where she is still very active with the local party.

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  • James BLESSING 14th Apr '15 - 9:37am

    Minor point, “URLs are not case sensitive” isn’t actually true, some are, some aren’t

  • Mary

    Living where I do in Richmond Park constituency, it might be reasonable to ask if to be a candidate in a general election you need to have all those tax-avoiding benefits of non-dom status inherited from a billionaire father and if you have an account number at the Swiss Branch of HSBC.

    I don’t know if Conservative candidate Zac Goldsmith has an NI number.

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