Please return your voter registration details as soon as possible.
Release date: 6 September 2017
Cotswold District Council is urging residents to ensure that they check and then return information that appears on the electoral register for their address.
Forms were mailed to individual properties last month and the deadline for returning them to avoid a reminder was Friday 8 September.
The form ensures that CDC can keep the electoral register up to date and identify any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so.
While no district-wide elections are scheduled until May 2019, there is a possibility that local by-elections could take place at any time.
Sarah Dalby, Electoral Services Manager at CDC, says:
“It’s important that residents respond to our mail-out so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in Cotswold District. This will ensure that residents are able to have their say regarding any election that may occur.
“If you’re not currently registered, your name will not appear on the form. If you want to register, the easiest way is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote, or we’ll send you information explaining how to do this in the post. In any case, you will still need to complete the household form and send it back to us.
“Not being registered can have an impact on your personal finances. Credit reference agencies use the electoral register to carry out identity checks. If you’re not registered, you may find it difficult to open a bank account or obtain a loan or mortgage. You could even find it difficult to qualify for something straightforward such as a mobile phone contract or receive credit from utility companies. It’s another good reason to register to vote.”
Any residents who have any questions can contact their local elections team – email email@example.com or call 01285 623002.
- 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 (e.g. fraud), calling people for jury service or 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 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.
- 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.
- Full details of the Electoral Commission’s research on the electoral registers can be found here.