Big change to elec­toral regis­tra­tion

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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

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