voter registration system is introduced across Burnham area
across the Burnham-On-Sea area will shortly receive a letter from
the district council explaining changes to the electoral registration
system and letting individuals know if they need to take any action
to join the new electoral register.
comes as a new method of registering to vote called the Individual
Electoral Registration (IER) system is introduced.
is being launched across the country this year in a bid to tackle
electoral fraud and improve the accuracy of the electoral register.
early August letters explaining the new system will be sent to
the 89,000 people already registered to vote in the district.
Sedgemoor, around 12,000 residents may need to take action to
join the new register, even if they were registered in the past.
IER was introduced, the head of household was responsible
for registering everyone who lived at an address. Under the new
system, each individual is responsible for their own voter registration.
people who are already registered to vote have been transferred
automatically to the new register. However, around 12,000 people
within Sedgemoor may need to re-register to ensure the details
held are accurate. There are also people in the district who are
not registered to vote at all and so need to register to have
their say in elections," said a spokeswoman.
letter will clearly state whether or not you are on the new register
or whether you have to take action. If you need to register on
the new list, the easiest way is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
but you can also return the form enclosed with your letter."
Rickards, Chief Executive of Sedgemoor District Council, added:
"This is the biggest change to the voter registration system
in 100 years, so it is essential that people check their letter
carefully to see whether they need to re-register."
a General Election, District and Town/Parish elections on Thursday,
7th May 2015 its really important that people in Sedgemoor
are registered to vote."
residents with questions about the process can also contact the
councils Electoral Services Team on 01278 435334 or at firstname.lastname@example.org