Residents urged not to miss chance to vote

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Residents urged not to miss chance to vote

People in Rother are being urged not to miss out on the chance to take part in this year's elections - by ensuring they're registered to vote.

Rother District Council is writing to every household in the district asking residents to check their details are correctly listed on the electoral register.

Anyone not registered will be unable to vote in the General Election, district and parish council elections being held on Thursday, May 7.

People whose information is correct don't have to do anything, but those who are not included on the register, or whose details are incorrect, are urged to add or amend their details online.

Last year marked the introduction of Individual Electoral Registration (IER) which replaced the traditional system where the 'head of the household' registered everyone at their property.

Malcolm Johnston, Rother District Council executive director of resources, said: "With district and parish councils coinciding with the General Election this year, it's more important than ever that people are registered to vote.

"Most people we will be writing to won't need to do anything if their details are correctly listed, but if there are any omissions or information which is out-of-date, people will need to update their entry.

"I'd urge everyone to read carefully the letter which will be dropping onto their doormat and to check whether they need to take any action."

As well as leaving people ineligible to vote, not being correctly registered can also have an impact on ability to obtain insurance or credit, or to apply for certain jobs.

People can register to vote, or change the address where they're registered, online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Anyone who is already registered but who needs to make any other alterations, or who would like to request a postal or proxy vote, is asked to use the online form available at www.rother.gov.uk/elections

Anyone requiring a paper copy of the registration form is asked to contact the district council by calling 01424 787000.

Published on Thursday, January 29 2015

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