New and sim­pler process to en­sure le­git­i­mate vot­ing

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

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