DON’T LOSE YOUR CHANCE TO VOTE!
During the summer some 150,000 Croydon households received a form as part of the annual voter registration canvass asking residents to check whether the information that appears on the electoral register for those living at their address is correct.
The opportunity for anybody who has yet to check that their electoral register details are correct and up to date ends on 20 November.
Following changes last year, the system is now called individual electoral registration. Whereas, previously, the head of the household was responsible for registering everyone who lived at the address, each individual is now responsible for their own voter registration.
This is the first full canvass under individual electoral registration and has gone well, with, at present, around eight out of 10 households having supplied the required information, say Croydon council.
But the remaining 20 per cent are in danger of missing the registration deadline now less than three weeks away.
Over the past month, electoral registration canvassers have been calling at all non-responding households and individuals to ensure the maximum number of electors will appear on the new, fully revised register of electors to be published on 1 December.
Some 11,000 electors on the current register will be receiving a further form to complete to ensure their details appear on the new register. This is because they are electors who were retained on the register during the transition to individual electoral registration but remain unconfirmed.
It is very important that anyone who receives such a form supplies the requested information or they will be removed from the register to be published in December.
Croydon’s electoral registration officer Nathan Elvery says: “It’s important, if you want your voice to count in any election, that you register to vote.
“To make sure you’re able to have your say at the elections next year, please return the form as promptly as possible, there’s now no time to lose. “This is your last chance to ensure you’re included in the new version of the electoral registration to be published in December.
“I cannot stress strongly enough that, if you have any doubts about your registration status, you should contact, without delay, the council’s electoral registration team on 020 8760 5591.”
The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in public elections. The register is used for electoral purposes, such as making sure only eligible people can vote. It is also used for other limited purposes specified in law, such as:
• detecting crime (eg, fraud);
• calling people for jury service; and
• checking credit applications.
The open register is an extract of the electoral register, but is not used for elections. It can be bought by any person, company or organisation. For example, it is used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details.
Your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed. Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote.
To be eligible to register to vote in England a person must be:
• aged 16 or over (a person may register to vote at 16, but may not vote until they are 18);
• a British or qualifying Commonwealth citizen who has leave to enter and remain in the UK or does not require such leave; or
• a citizen of the Republic of Ireland or other European Union (EU) member state.
British citizens, Irish citizens and qualifying citizens of Commonwealth countries (including Cyprus and Malta), as well as citizens of other EU member states, can vote in local government elections and police and crime commissioner elections in England and Wales. (Source: Croydon council press release)