Monday, 14 July 2014

Changes to electoral registration will bring major changes for local voters

More than 100,000 people in the Lancaster district will be receiving a letter to tell them about important changes to the electoral registration system.

Individual Electoral Registration has been introduced across the country, meaning that everyone will be registered to vote individually, rather than by household.

From today (14th July 2014) residents will receive a letter from Lancaster City Council informing them of the changes and whether they need to re-register and what to do.

Residents are advised to look out for the letter and follow the advice given.

It is expected that the majority of residents will not have to do anything but approximately 10,000 people will not automatically transfer to the new electoral register.

If that effects you don’t worry - registering to vote is easier than ever and takes around five minutes. Visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote to provide your details.

You will need to have your National Insurance number and date of birth to complete the process.

With both a General Election and local elections taking place next year, it’s vitally important that people take action and read the letter to ensure they remain on the electoral register.
Mark Cullinan, Returning Office for Lancaster City Council, said: “This is the biggest change to electoral registration in 100 years. It is extremely important that people register to vote and, in doing so, ensure their voice is heard.

"Look out for the letter as it will tell you if you 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 help and advice call the elections helpline on 01524 582905

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