Verification number

We're required by law to publish how many signatures of registered voters are required on a petition on whether we should change to a different form of governance.

Electors can petition the council to hold a referendum. The petition must be signed by at least 5% of the registered electors for the district.

This figure is known as the verification number. The verification number for 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022 is 3169.

The number is published each year during February.

Publication of verification number

Harlow District Council, The Local Authorities (Referendums)(Petitions)(England) Regulations 2011.

In accordance with Regulation 4(1) of the above regulations, the number that is equal to 5% of the number of local government electors shown in the revised register of electors having effect on the 15 February 2021 is:


This figure will have effect for the purposes of determining the validity of petitions presented from 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022.

The number equal to 5% of the local government electors for 2022 will be published within 14 days of the 15 February 2022.

If this number is less than 3169, the number to be used for verification purposes in relation to any petition submitted for the period beginning on the date of publication of the lower number until 31 March 2022 shall also be that lower number.

Brian Keane
Electoral Registration Officer
Harlow District Council
Latton Bush Centre
Southern Way
CM18 7BL

Monday 15 February 2021