Woking Borough Council
Civic OfficesGloucester SquareWokingSurreyGU21 6YL
Telephone: 01483 755855
09 October 2013
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Residents can expect to receive a voter registration form dropping through their letter box this week (week commencing Monday 8 October) requesting details of all residents over the age of 16 living in the property, in preparation for next year's planned Individual Electoral Registration (IER).
Under the current system of electoral registration, a household canvass form is sent to each address and is completed by one individual on behalf of everyone living at the property. From 2014, this system of registration will be replaced by Individual Electoral Registration, where each household member will have to register individually.
This year, there is no qualifying date for inclusion on the register, however residents are encouraged to complete and return their form as soon as possible to ensure their details are included on the register and that the register is up-to-date, in time for Individual Electoral Registration.
Residents will need to provide the names and nationalities of everyone over the age of 16 living within the household, then sign the form and return it to Woking Borough Council using the pre-paid envelope provided. All residents are required by law to register and, if they do not complete the form, they could lose their right to vote.
The information gathered will be used to compile the Electoral Register which, once complete, will be an accurate list of all the people in Woking who are eligible to vote in elections.
In order to continue with the Council's campaign to maintain the integrity of the Electoral Register, the details relating to electors presently registered at the property will not be pre-printed on the canvass form, as in previous years. Only blank registration forms will be sent out. This means that the form will need to be fully completed in full in order to be included on the register.
These steps should be followed by residents to ensure that the forms are filled out correctly.
Residents are reminded that even if they have registered on the Electoral Register as recently as July or August this year, using the individual rolling registration system, they will still need to complete and return the new household form if one is sent to their property.
If residents do not want their details to be sold on for commercial purposes, they must ensure they opt out of the Edited Register. Their details will still appear in the full register, which is used for elections and other specified purposes such as credit reference checks.
Ray Morgan, Woking Borough Council's Chief Executive and Electoral Registration Officer, said: "I would urge all residents to complete and return their voter registration form as soon as it arrives to ensure they are included on the electoral register, which will enable them to vote during future elections.
"I am particularly keen to encourage parents and guardians to ensure that they include all people aged 16 and 17 (rising 18 year olds) living in their household on the form as we continue to have less than 50% of rising 18 year olds in the Borough included in the Register of Electors.
"It is important for residents to use their right to vote as it provides local people with an opportunity to influence what happens in the Borough and to shape the future for generations to come."
The revised register will be published on 17 February 2014, and not 1 December 2014 as in previous years. This year, there will be no qualifying date for inclusion on the register. As such, residents are encouraged to complete and return their form as soon as they receive it, as if residents wait to return their form, their details may not be included when the register is published.
For more information, please contact Electoral Services on 01483 755855, email email@example.com or visit www.woking.gov.uk