Householders in Cornwall are urged to register now to vote in European Parliamentary elections next year
The Council is required to produce a new and accurate list of voters each year which then stays in force for the following twelve months. This process usually takes place in the Autumn but is being held later than usual this year following a decision by the Government.
Electoral registration forms are being posted out on 1 October to all 258,000 households in Cornwall. This list of voters will then be used as the basis for the European Parliamentary elections in May 2014.
“The new electoral register will be published on 17 February 2014 and only people who are on the register will be able to vote“ explained Denise Holwill, Cornwall’s Electoral Services Manager. “It is vital that people complete and return the form as soon as possible so their names can be included on the register and tax payers money can be spent most efficiently.”
The forms contain the details of all the people who are currently registered to vote at that address. If none of the details on the form have changed, the householder can either sign the form and return it in the pre paid envelope provided or register electronically by:
• Registering online via a website • Sending a text message
Further details, including the security code that householders need to quote to register electronically, are given on the form. Registering electronically is not only the quickest and easiest method, but also the cheapest, thereby helping the Council to save taxpayers’ money.
If any details on the form have changed, people should cross through the names of anyone who no longer lives at the address, amend any mistakes or add the names of anyone new who is eligible to vote. They then need to sign the form and return it – either in the pre paid envelope or by dropping it into any Council office or one stop shop.
Denise and her team hope that as many people as possible will complete and return their forms as soon as they receive them. Otherwise a reminder will have to be sent out in early November to any households who have not yet replied – which will cost the Council additional money.
In addition a team of over 100 canvassers will then visit any households who have still not registered in December and January (except from 23 December to 1 January) to help people fill in their form.
“People are required by law to provide the information which is asked for in the forms“ said Denise. “While most people respond quickly, we always have a number
of households who do not return their forms. If people look out for the forms and respond promptly then they can help to make savings which can go towards other essential services”.
Anyone does not receive a form is asked to contact the Council’s electoral registration team on 0300 123 1115.