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The ‘Annual Canvass’ is underway – don’t lose your right to vote!

Blaby residents are being asked to check that details on the Household Enquiry Form – soon to be delivered across the District – are correct.

The Electoral Registration Officer is required to carry out an annual check of who should be registered to vote.

Every home will be receiving a form asking residents to ensure that the information on the electoral register for the address is up to date.

Forms will be delivered to homes from today (Friday 11 August).

Residents who have recently changed address are urged to look out for the form to check whether they are registered. Being on the Electoral Register is important not just for voting and keeping the register up to date, but may also affect a person’s ability to access credit facilities.

Do it ‘online’

The quickest and easiest way to confirm details are correct or to make changes is to visit www.householdresponse.com/blaby, using the security codes printed on the letter. If all details are correct residents can also call 0800 197 9871 or text 80212 to confirm.

Anyone who is new to the property or who has turned 16 should also register to vote at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

For more information contact the Electoral Services Team at electoral@blaby.gov.uk or 0116 272 7560 during office hours.

[Source/Graphic: Blaby DC Communications]

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.

Are you registered to vote?

your_vote_mattersRegistering to vote is changing. A new system called Individual Electoral Registration or IER is now in place across England and Wales.

The new system means:

You can now register online.

Individuals are now responsible for registering themselves. Under the old system the “head of every household” could register everyone who lived at their address.

You need to provide a few more details to register – including your national insurance number and date of birth. This is to make the electoral register more secure.

Why should I register?

You need to register in order to vote, if you aren’t registered you won’t have the chance to have a say on who represents you.

Some people also register to vote because they want to apply for credit.

This is because credit reference agencies use the register to confirm where someone lives when they apply for credit in order to counteract fraud.

Do I need to do anything?

Most people who were registered to vote in June 2014 will be registered automatically under the new system and will not need to do anything.

The Council is sending letters out from Monday 18 August to let these people know they are registered under the new system.

Letters will also go to those who are not automatically registered to let them know they need to re-register and how to do it.

How do I register?

Registering to vote is straightforward, simply go to this government webpage (register-to-vote)

For more information visit the register to vote page on the District Council website.

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 June 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 residents have not registered their details by September 7, canvassers will be visiting all non-responded households to gather the information.

Anyone who does not appear on the electoral register will not be able to vote at Parliamentary, European Parliamentary, Local Government Elections or the Police & Crime Commissioner Elections taking place on November 15.

Residents are required by law to complete and return the form for all eligible persons living at the property on 15 October 2012. 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 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.

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 contact Electoral Services on 0116 272 7560.

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.