New and simpler process to ensure legitimate voting
THIS year has seen a major change in the way that people can register to vote. It used to be the responsibility of the head of the home to register all the members in the household. Since June 10 this year, however, Individual Electoral Registration has been introduced. The responsibility therefore rests on each individual to check that he or she is registered.
Don’t lose the right to vote, which was fought for so tenaciously over the centuries.
Most people who are already registered will be transferred automatically to the new register, which our district councils will be compiling this autumn.
Across the whole of the country, letters are being sent out by local councils, which will tell individuals if they need to take any further action. The mail-outs began in July and all councils should have sent out their letters by the end of August.
It is estimated that about 80 per cent of the people who are eligible to vote should be transferred automatically. However, anyone who moves house can register to vote at the new address at any time during the year.
Individual Electoral Registration is now possible by going online (www.gov.uk/ register-to-vote). It is even possible to register using a smartphone or tablet.
It is a simple process that should take less than five minutes. All you need to have ready is your name, address, date of birth and national insurance number.
Anyone who does not have online access can contact the local district council for help and advice.
If you live in Chiltern District, call 01494 732 014; if you live in South Buckinghamshire, call 01895 837 200.
The changes have been brought about to make sure that members of the general public can be secure in the knowledge that everyone on the register has verified that they are who they say they are, so that the electoral process is fair and legitimate.