Vote! – be sure to be on the electoral register

Residents urged to make sure they can vote in next year’s elections

Voter registration forms will soon be dropping through letterboxes across the district and residents are being urged to return them as soon as possible to make their voices heard in any elections held next year. In 2014 the European Parliamentary Elections will be held on 22 May – to participate in these and any other elections after 17 February 2014 voters’ names must be on the register of electors.

New Forest District Council’s electoral registration officer, Chief Executive Dave Yates, and his staff will be sending forms to households in the district from 25 October 2013 to compile the electoral register. Anyone who has not received their form can contact NFDC’s Electoral Registration Team on 023 8028 5445 or e-mail electoralservices@nfdc.gov.uk.

Dave Yates said: “Registering to vote is very simple. All you have to do is update the annual canvass form with the details of everyone in your household who is eligible to vote and return it to us as soon as possible. If your details haven’t changed you can also reply online or by telephone. By responding promptly this will save a canvasser calling at your property.

“Some people may not realise that they have to register every year, it is important that you complete and return the registration form so you’re able to take part in elections.”

On the electoral registration form voters can opt to have their details excluded from the edited register. This will mean their details cannot be bought by individuals and commercial organisations.

For more information contact New Forest District Council’s electoral registration team on 023 8028 5445, or email electoralservices@nfdc.gov.uk .