With the General Election looming, and possibly set to be called at just a few weeks notice, potential voters who have moved or turned 18 during the last six months are being urged to ensure they protect their right to vote.
In order to be eligible to vote in the both General and local elections, all citizens must be registered under their current address on the city’s electoral roll before it closes – typically 2-3 weeks before polling day.
With a ‘snap’ General Election able to be called with as little as 17 working days notice, the Council is urging local people to act now to protect their democratic right to vote, as they may run out of time otherwise.
Stephen Hughes, Chief Executive and Returning Officer for Birmingham City Council, said: “That every individual within the city who is qualified to be on the register is able to exercise their right to vote is one of the most fundamental pillars on which our society is built.
“I’d urge anyone who is in any doubt about whether they are on the register or not to get in contact and make sure, as once the roll closes there is legally nothing we can do if they are not.”
Last Autumn the Council ran a mass canvass of every household in the city, seeking to ensure all entries on the register were up to date. However anyone who has moved to, or within, the city since that time will not be properly recorded on the register unless they have filled in the appropiate forms to let the council know of this change of address.
Voters who may be away from home on polling day, or simply prefer the convenience, can apply to cast their vote by post. Those already registered to vote by post at their current address do not need to make a new application.
To inform the council of a change to your details on the electoral register call the elections office on 303 2731.
For more information please contact Simon Houltby on 0121 303 3503