Big change to electoral registration
Ashford residents are being sent details of the biggest change to the electoral registration system in nearly 100 years.
Letters from electoral registration officer John Bunnett advise the 91,000 people eligible to vote in the borough that a new, more secure, system of Individual Electoral Registration is being introduced, to replace the old Victorian system where the ‘head of household’ registered everyone living in their property. Now, each individual is responsible for registering themselves.
Many residents will automatically move onto the new electoral register but some will need to take action to join or remain on it, which they will now also be able to do for the first time by registering online.
With parliamentary, borough and parish elections due in May 2015, it’s important that everyone who wants to vote is registered to do so.
Mr Bunnett added: “This is an important change. The letter tells people if they have been automatically transferred to the new register or not.
“If you have not been transferred, you will need to provide some additional information and the letter will tell you exactly what you need to do.”
For more information visit www.gov.uk/yourvotematters or www.ashford.gov.uk/electoral-registration