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Don’t lose your right to vote

People are being asked to confirm or update the details of all members of their household to make sure that everyone who is eligible to vote is included on the electoral register.

Blaby District Council will be sending electoral registration forms to all homes in the district from 15th August 2011 as part of its annual canvass.

Anyone who does not appear on the electoral register will not be able to vote at parliamentary, European parliamentary or local government elections.

Residents are required by law to complete and return the form for all eligible persons living at the property on 15th October 2011. Failure to do so could result in prosecution and also may affect a person’s ability to access credit facilities.

The form will show the names of people who already appear on the electoral register at that address. If no changes are needed residents can confirm the details by freephone, text or internet using the security code provided.

People confirming their details by freephone and internet will be given the option to be included or excluded in the edited register. (See explanation at base of this news item)

If there are new names to be added or other alterations to make then the form must be completed and returned to the council offices in the envelope provided.

People using the automated system do not need to post the form back to the Council.

For more information contact the Council’s electoral services team on 0116 272 7560.

Which ‘Register’…

The full register lists the name and address of everyone who is registered to vote. The Council holds a copy. Anyone can look at it, but it is a criminal offence to supply or use copies for purposes other than those set down in law.

The edited register is available for general sale and can be used for any purpose. It can be bought by any person, company or commercial organisation for commercial activities such as marketing.

If a person previously chose not to appear on the edited register this is not indicated on the form. If they prefer their name not to appear on the revised edited register ensure that a cross is placed in Box 8 on the registration form.

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