No registration no vote, say local authorities

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Letters are being sent to every home in Cherwell and South Northamptonshire advising residents if their details have been included on the new electoral register.

Last year the Government introduced Individual Electoral Registration (IER) which made every eligible voter responsible for registering their own vote.

Since then the majority of voters have had their details matched to the details held by the Department for Work and Pensions, but due to the extra work involved the Government decided not to carry out the usual annual autumn refresh of the electoral register.

Sue Smith, electoral registration officer for Cherwell and South Northamptonshire, said: “When IER was first rolled out last summer, every eligible voter was sent an individual letter confirming whether or not they had been automatically matched, but this year we were not required to write to each property to check if the people who live there had changed.

“It’s my duty to ensure that every eligible voter is registered, so with funding provided by the Government we’ve decided to write to every property to confirm who is registered to vote.

“If the details on the letter are correct, nothing further needs to be done by the people at that address. However if residents receive a letter which does not include their name or contains the name of someone who no longer lives at that address they need to take action straight away.”

For more assistance, call 01295 227005 for Cherwell or 01327 322128 for South Northants.