Residents reminded to register to vote
Telford & Wrekin Council is writing to all households to urge residents to ensure that they are signed up to the electoral register so that they can vote in the general and borough elections on 7 May.
There have been changes to the way that people sign up to the electoral register recently and it might mean that some people who had previously signed up are no longer on the register.
Previously, one person in every household was responsible for registering everyone else who lives at that address. Under Individual Electoral Registration (IER), each person is now required to register to vote individually, rather than by household.
Under IER each individual needs to provide 'identifying information', such as their date of birth and national insurance number, when applying to register and their application will need to be verified before being added to the register.
The large majority of residents will find that the details shown on the letter are correct and they will not need to do anything further.
The letter to all households will show who is already registered at that address. If this is blank or missing anyone currently living at the address, each member of the household who is not listed will need to go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote to apply to register.
If the letter shows the wrong details – these might be previous residents, particularly in the case where someone has recently moved or privately rents the property – someone in the household will need to go to www.registerbyinternet.co.uk/telfordwrekin, using the security code provided in the letter and amend the details for the household.
Letters are being sent this week, so residents should look out for their letter and check that all details are correct to ensure that they can vote in the parliamentary and borough elections on 7 May 2015.
Richard Partington, Telford & Wrekin Council’s managing director and the borough’s returning officer, said: “It is really important that people living in Telford and Wrekin make sure that the information in the letters sent this week is correct.
“Being registered to vote gives you the right to participate at elections and can also improve your credit rating, which is another reason to register.”
Anyone whose name is not included in the letter should go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote to register. Paper application forms are available on request for anyone without internet access.
The deadline to register to vote for elections is 20 April 2015.