Voter registration forms have been delivered to all West Somerset households. Residents are being urged to return them as soon as possible so that they are registered to make their choice in future elections.
If you don’t receive a form, request one by calling 01984 635272 or print one off at www.aboutmyvote.co.uk
Registering to vote is very simple. All you need to do is update the annual canvass form with the details of everyone in your household who is eligible to vote and return it to us as soon as possible. Alternatively, if there are no changes to the details on the form a return can be completed on line, by telephone or by text. The details on how to do this are on the form.
There was a lot of interest in this year’s referendum on the UK voting system and we were pleased with the increase in registration shortly before polling day. However, some people may not realise that they have to register every year.
On your electoral registration form you can opt to have your details excluded from the edited register. This will mean your details cannot be bought by individuals and commercial organisations.
For more information contact Electoral Services on 01984 635272.
The Council is responsible for the compiling of the annual Register of Electors, and the maintaining of the Roll throughout the year.
The Register of Electors is a record of everyone who lives within the boundaries of the local authority and who is eligible to vote at elections.
This must be kept in two versions, full details of which includes all electors and an edited version which only includes those electors who have given permission for their details to be on the public list. The edited version may be sold commercially.
More and more the Register of Electors is being used to confirm an individual's address, especially if they are applying for credit such as a mortgage, personal loan or even a mobile telephone. If you are not registered you will probably be refused credit as well as losing your right to have your say via the ballot box.
West Somerset Council
West Somerset House
Telephone: 01984 635272