Make sure your details are up-to-date on the electoral register

Posted on: 25 August 2017

North Devon residents are being reminded to make sure their details are up-to-date on the electoral register.

To do this, North Devon Council is sending out a form in the post to every household across the district. The form will be landing on doorsteps from the 1 September 2017 and asks residents to check and update the information shown for that address and return it as soon as possible.

As well as making sure the electoral register held by the council is up-to-date, checking and completing the form helps to identify any residents who are not registered to vote so that they can be encouraged to do so.

Electoral Services Manager, Judith Dark, says: “It’s really important that the register is kept up-to-date, so please reply as soon as possible.  If your details aren’t correct or your name doesn’t appear on the form, you won’t be able to vote in upcoming elections. We need to know if you change address, change your name or turn 18. Updating the register is also important as it’s used by credit reference agencies if you are applying for credit.”

Head of Support and Improvement at the Electoral Commission, Melanie Davidson, says: “It’s really important that everyone who is entitled to vote is able to do so, checking the form that will arrive through the post is one of the easiest ways to find out if you are already registered. There’s lots of helpful information about registering to vote on our website www.yourvotematters.co.uk.”

People who have moved address recently are particularly encouraged to keep an eye out for the form and check the details. Research by the independent Electoral Commission indicates that recent home movers are far less likely to be registered than those that have lived at the same address for a long time.

Residents who don’t receive their form or who have any questions can contact the council’s Elections Team by phone 01271 388277 or email elections@northdevon.gov.uk

More information about registering to vote and the different ways to vote including postal and absent votes, can be found on the council websites: www.northdevon.gov.uk/elections

General information about voting and elections is also available at www.yourvotematters.co.uk

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