Details about cookies on the register to vote service

The register to vote service puts small files (known as ‘cookies’) on to your computer.

These cookies are used to:

  • help us understand how you use the service, so we can make improvements
  • remember what notifications you’ve seen so that you’re not shown them more than once
  • temporarily store the information you enter

Find out how to manage cookies.

Google Analytics cookies

We use Google Analytics to collect information about how you use the service. This information helps us to improve the service.

The Google Analytics cookie collects and stores information about:

  • the pages you visit - how long you spend on each page
  • how you got to the service
  • what you click on while you’re using the service
Name Purpose Expires
_ga A randomly generated reference is used to identify unique users and inform referring sites, visitor and session counts 2 years
_gat This helps Google to manage the rate at which they track your site interactions (when high traffic occurs) 1 minute
_gid This helps us count how many people visit the Register to vote service by tracking if you’ve visited before 24 hours

Google isn’t allowed to use or share our analytics data with anyone, but you can opt out of Google Analytics cookies.

Session cookies

We store session cookies on your computer to remember your progress through the application form.

Name Purpose Expires
application Stores encrypted session data After 20 minutes of inactivity or when you close your browser

Cookies message

You may see a banner when you visit the register to vote service inviting you to accept cookies or review your settings. We’ll set cookies so that your computer knows you’ve seen it and not to show it again, and also to store your settings.

Name Purpose Expires
cookie_preferences_set Saves a message to let us know that you have seen our cookie message 1 year
allow_analytics_cookies Stores whether you consent to analytics cookies 1 year

Change your settings

You can change which cookies you’re happy for us to use.