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Don’t lose your right to vote

vote boxHouseholds in the District of Blaby are being asked to check that the electoral forms, to be delivered from Monday 3 August 2015, are correct.

Every home in Enderby and elsewhere in Blaby District will soon be receiving a form asking residents to check whether the information that appears on the electoral register for those living at their address is correct as part of the Council’s annual voter registration canvass.

The aim of the form is to ensure that the electoral register is up to date and to identify any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so.

Being on the electoral register is important not just for voting, but may also affect a person’s ability to access credit facilities.

Residents can complete the form and send it back to the council for free. The form can alternatively be completed online at www.registerbyinternet.com/blaby. If all details are correct residents can call 0800 197 9871 or text 80212 to confirm.

With the Police and Crime Commissioner elections taking place across Leicestershire in May 2016, this is an opportunity for residents to make sure that when the elections take place they will easily be able to take part.

To be eligible to register to vote in England a person must be:

  • Aged 16 or over (a person may register to vote at 16, but may not vote until they are 18)
  • A British or qualifying Commonwealth citizen who has leave to enter and remain in the UK
    or does not require such leave.
  • A citizen of the Republic of Ireland or other European Union (EU) member state.

British citizens, Irish citizens and qualifying citizens of Commonwealth countries (including Cyprus and Malta), as well as citizens of other EU member states can vote in local government elections and Police and Crime Commissioner elections in England and Wales.

It is particularly important that anyone who has moved address recently looks out for the form to check whether they are registered.

Any residents who have any questions can contact the Electoral Services Team by e-mailing electoral@blaby.gov.uk or call 0116 272 7560 during office hours. Further information is available at www.blaby.gov.uk.

Register to vote today….. do it online

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There are fewer than 100 days until voters go to the polls to elect a Member of Parliament for the South Leicestershire constituency. Local elections are also taking place on the same day.

Anyone not registered can do so at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Sandra Whiles, Electoral Registration Officer for Blaby District Council, said:

“Anyone not yet registered to vote should do so as soon as possible in order for them to be able to have their say on issues that affect their lives.

“I would urge Blaby District Council residents to use National Voter Registration Day to spread the message amongst family and friends who may not have registered yet that it only takes a few minutes to complete the form online.”

Kay Jenkins, Head of English regions at the Electoral Commission, said:

“National Voter Registration Day exists because it’s important that anyone who’s eligible to be on the register, but has not yet registered, does so.

“Young people, students and people who move frequently are much less likely to be registered to vote. We’re urging them to use the day as an opportunity to get onto the electoral register.”

In the next few days all Blaby District Council properties will also receive a letter with details of who is currently on the electoral register for that property.

Anyone living at the property, but whose name is not on the letter, should register to vote at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Local residents can obtain a paper copy of the registration form by visiting www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or by requesting a form by email at electoral.services@blaby.gov.uk or calling 0116 272 7560.

Police and Crime Commissioner Elections

Summary

On Thursday 15 November, you will have the chance to vote in the first ever elections for Police and Crime Commissioners.

Police and Crime Commissioner Election Notices

Police and Crime Commissioners

Police and Crime Commissioners will not run the police, but will be responsible for holding the police to account for the public. They will be able to:

  • Produce a police and crime plan setting out local policing priorities
  • Set the local policing budget and decide how money will be spent
  • Appoint chief constables and remove them where needed

PCCs will be an important figure in the world of crime and policing. They will represent you and hold the police force, and in particular the Chief Constable, to account for the performance of the police force.

Register to vote

Over the summer you will have been sent information about registering to vote. To be able to vote in the Police and Crime Commissioner Elections you must be registered. The last date that you can register to vote is 31 October. If you have not yet registered to vote, please contact us on            0116 272 7560      .

To find out about candidates for this election

In total 41 police force areas covering England and Wales (excluding London) will be holding PCC elections. This includes the police force for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. To find out who is standing for election in your area, visit www.homeoffice.gov.uk/police/police-crime-commissioners.

About the voting system

These elections use a different voting system to UK general elections therefore always read the instructions for filling in the ballot paper carefully, even if you have voted before.

The ballot paper will list the name of each candidate along with their party name and party logo if applicable. There are two columns next to each name. You should put an X (a cross) in the left-hand column next to your first preference and an X (a cross) in the right-hand column next to your second preference. You do not have to have a second preference but if you do, it should be different to your first preference.

If you make a mistake then you can ask the polling staff to give you another ballot paper.

In late October, every household in England and Wales (excluding London) will receive a booklet explaining more about these elections and how to fill in your ballot paper. Look out for the booklet coming through your door.

If you would like to know more information about voting in these elections, you can visitwww.aboutmyvote.co.uk

Final reminder to return electoral registration forms

People are being reminded to return their electoral registration forms to Blaby District Council before canvassers begin visiting homes to collect the information.

The first blue forms were sent out in August followed by a red reminder notice a month later.

Residents who have not yet responded will receive another reminder asking them to update the details for all members of their household to ensure that everyone who is eligible to vote is included on the electoral register.

If people have not registered their details by the end of October, canvassers will be visiting their homes to gather the information.

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 15 October 2011. Failure to do so could result in a £1,000 fine and may affect a person’s ability to access credit facilities.

The form shows the names of people who already appear on the electoral register at that address. If no changes are needed the details can be confirmed 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.*

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

People using any of the automated systems do not need to post the form back to the Council.

For more information call the elections team on 0116 272 7560.

The Registers

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.

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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.

polling station