Don’t lose your chance to vote at the General Election

By on 23/10/2014 in Elections, News

Birmingham residents are being urged to ensure they are on the electoral register  – or risk losing their chance to vote in next year’s General Election.

This year the way we register to vote changed with the introduction of Individual Registration which means that each individual member of a household that is eligible to vote must now register separately and provide their date of birth and national insurance number.

As part of the transition, in July this year everyone currently on the electoral register received confirmation that they had been rolled over to the new system, or received a letter asking for more information.

People who haven’t returned reminder forms have the opportunity to complete them when visited by Electoral Canvassers from Thursday 23 October to Wednesday 12 November, although because of the personal information now required people visited are being encouraged to register online.

Registering online is just one of the improvements being made to the electoral registration system nationwide.

Head of Electoral Services for Birmingham City Council, Robert Connelly, said: “With the new national changes to the way electoral registers are compiled, I would urge all eligible residents to make sure they are registered otherwise they could lose the right to vote in next year’s General Election and Local Elections.  Not being registered can also of course affect your ability to get credit.”

People can register:

Online at – gov.uk/registertovote

Using a paper application form – people have already been sent two reminder  forms but can email for a new one at – IER@birmingham.gov.uk

In person – with Electoral Canvassers who are visiting non-responding properties and electors between Thursday 23 October and Wednesday 12 November

For further information call the elections office on 0121 303 2731 or visit gov.uk/yourvotematters or birmingham.gov.uk/elections

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For more media information call Debbie Harrison on 303 4476

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