residents urged not to lose the right to vote
of residents across the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area face
losing the right to vote in upcoming elections, the district council
District Council's Electoral Services team is carrying
out an annual audit of all properties in the Burnham-On-Sea
area from 1st October 2013 in order to ensure that all
eligible residents are included on the Register of Electors 2014.
"The law requires residents to provide details requested
on the Voter Registration Form. This information is required every
year from all households in the district. We ask that people check
the information pre-printed on the form," council spokesman
Claire Faun told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
"If the details are correct then just sign, date and return
the form to us by post. Alternatively, a quicker more efficient
way to confirm your registration is to make use of the Internet,
freephone or text services. If there are changes to be made, please
make the necessary amendments and then sign, date and return the
form to us by post."
If there are no changes to make on the form, residents can confirm
their registration using www.registerbyinternet.com/sedgemoor,
by telephoning the freephone number: 0800 0197 7688, or by texting
7688 to 80212, these services are available 24 hours a day, 7
days a week. You will need the two part security code printed
on your form to use these services.
If there are changes to be made to the details printed on the
form amend as necessary by crossing through the names of any residents
who no longer live at the property; make any amendments if names
are spelt incorrectly or have changed; add the names of any residents
not listed who are eligible to be registered and if there is no
one eligible to be registered complete section 4 or 5 if applicable,
sign the declaration in part 6 and return the form in the prepaid
envelope provided as soon as possible.
DETAILS ABOUT THE FORM
WHO SHOULD AND SHOULD NOT BE INCLUDED ON THE FORM:
British, Commonwealth and Republic of Ireland Citizens
Citizens of British Overseas Territories
Qualifying citizens of other Commonwealth countries
(That is, those who have leave to enter or remain in the
UK or do not require such leave);
European Union member states;
Those living in your household who are 16 and 17 years
old (they will be eligible to vote as soon as they are 18)
Those who normally live in your household, but are
away for the time being, for example on holiday, studying
or in hospital (including voluntary patients in psychiatric
Anyone who is away working (but for not more than
I HAVE RECENTLY REGISTERED DO I STILL NEED TO FILL IN
If you have already made a new application to be added
to the electoral register before 10 October 2013 then your
name will be added to the November updates to the register.
Sedgemor District Council will already have acknowledged
your original application by writing to you if this is the
case. You will still need to fill in the Annual Voter Registration
form otherwise your names may not stay on the register when
it is published on 17 February 2014.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DO NOT RETURN MY FORM?
You will be sent a reminder after approximately 4 weeks,
if the reminder is not returned residents will be seeing
Electoral Services canvassers in their neighbourhood from
December 2013 to late January 2014. They will be making
personal visits to very property in the District that has
not compiled and returned the annual canvass form. They
will ask the householder to confirm the details held on
the current Register of Electors and if no one is home they
will post a calling card, asking you to call Electoral Services
direct. This is a costly way of collecting your details,
so do not delay and return your form as soon as possible.