THE way people register to vote across Britain changes from this month (June) with every new voter having to provide their national insurance number and date of birth in their application.
From 10 June if your details change you will need to register to vote individually – Individual Electoral Registration (IER) – with the information used to verify the applicant is who they say they are.
If you are unable to supply the information, there are alternative forms of official evidence which can be accepted.
This year the annual canvass process will be different. The council will be writing to every resident from the beginning of August to inform them of the action they need to take to ensure they are registered to vote – remember, a General Election as well as local elections are already scheduled for May 2015.
People who use – or who want to use – postal or proxy votes must register under the new IER system or they will lose the right to use their favoured method of absent voting.
The council – like authorities across the country – will contact the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to confirm the details on your application are correct. Further checks on council records may also be carried out.
Go online to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote to complete the online registration form or people can contact Electoral Services on 01375 652816 for an application form or to be talked through a telephone registration.
To find out more please go to www.electoralcommission.org.uk