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Council urges New Forest residents to update their voter details online

Residents of the New Forest are being reminded to update their voter details so they can have a voice on decisions that affect them. New Forest District Council (NFDC) is writing to all households to update the electoral register and is asking residents to update their details online where possible.

Only those on the electoral register are able to vote in elections. With Police and Crime Commissioner Elections and County Council Elections taking place across Hampshire next year, this is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they can take part.

Rebecca Drummond; Service Manager for Elections at New Forest District Council said:
“We have to update the electoral register every year, by law. Please look out for your letter coming soon and follow the instructions to update your voter registration. This year, more than ever, it’s important that you respond to us online where possible, so that we can limit personal contact and help keep everyone safe.

“If you’re not currently registered, your name will not appear in the letter we send to you. The easiest way to register to vote is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote, or we’ll send you information explaining how to do this in the post.”

10,000 New Forest households have already updated their details in response to emails from the council’s electoral registration team. Now NFDC is sending a letter to all the remaining households in the district to check their information. People who have moved recently are particularly encouraged to look out for the voter registration messages from NFDC and check the details.

Information about registering to vote is available on The Electoral Commission website at https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter.

There are more details on the Council’s website at https://newforest.gov.uk/article/1619/Household-Canvass-2020 . Residents who have any questions can contact the local registration team at ElectoralServices@NFDC.gov.uk

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• Police & Crime Commissioner and County Council Elections are taking place in the New Forest District area in May 2021

• The Representation of the People Act 1983 places a duty on Electoral Registration Officers to maintain the electoral register for their area and to conduct an annual canvass of all residential properties.

• The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in public elections. The register is used for electoral purposes, such as making sure only eligible people can vote. It is also used for other limited purposes specified in law, such as detecting crime (e.g. fraud), calling people for jury service or checking credit applications.

• The open register is an extract of the electoral register, but is not used for elections. It can be bought by any person, company or organisation. For example, it is used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details. Your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed. Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote.

More information on UK elections and who can register to vote is available on the Electoral Commission’s website www.electoralcommission.org.uk

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Glass recycling text message reminders

Residents of the New Forest can now sign up to a new text messaging service being introduced by the district council which will send a reminder the evening before monthly glass recycling collections are due.

Nicola Plummer, who is coordinating the project at New Forest District Council, said: “The free Remind Me service is being introduced as we know that people want to recycle their glass, but life gets busy and a timely reminder the night before could make all the difference between remembering to put your glass bottles and jars out for collection and forgetting.”

As well as the text message prompt, Remind Me will reward residents for recycling their glass by entering them into a reward draw. 20 households will be randomly selected each month and, if they are recycling the right things, they can choose from a range of rewards, such as one month’s free membership at one of five New Forest Health and Leisure Centres, a family ticket to Beaulieu or a hamper full of local goodies from The New Forest Hamper Company.

The first 15,000 households to sign up will also receive a free Brand New Forest discount card, usually £5.

The new scheme is being funded by a grant from central government that aims to encourage recycling.

To register for the reminders, residents should text GLASS followed by first name, last name, first line of address and postcode to 81025 (e.g. GLASS Joan Smith 1 Long Lane SO12 A34)

Find out more about Remind Me at newforest.gov.uk/remindme