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Be part of the biggest electoral system change in 100 years

6 August 2014

Allerdale residents are about to receive letters detailing the biggest change to the electoral registration system for a century.

A new, more secure, system of Individual Electoral Registration (IER) is being introduced nationally to replace the old Victorian system where the ‘head of household’ registered everyone living in a property. Now, each individual will be responsible for registering themselves.

Many Allerdale residents will automatically move onto the new electoral register. However, some will need to take action to join or remain on it, which they will now also be able to do for the first time by registering quickly and easily online. It is estimated that more than 91% of Allerdale residents will appear on the new register, but that still leaves up to 4,500 people who will need to re-register.

Andrew Seekings, Allerdale Borough Council’s Electoral Registration Officer, said: “If you’ve moved in the last 18 months you are more likely to be missing from the electoral register than many other people. When you move, you don’t get registered at your new address automatically, even if you pay council tax. If you don’t register yourself you may not be able to vote in upcoming elections or referendums.

“Letters are going out to Allerdale residents from Monday 11 August that will explain the changes to the system. Look out for this letter as it will tell you if you have been automatically transferred to the new register or not. If you have not been transferred, you will need to provide some additional information and the letter will tell you exactly what you need to do.”

Further reminders are due to go out in September, with a door-to-door canvas of those addresses who have not signed up to the Individual Registration System taking place in October. Those who do not respond to requests for information from electoral registration staff also could be at risk of an £80 civil penalty.

For more information or to register, visit www.gov.uk/yourvotematters . If you do not receive a letter contact Allerdale Borough Council Democratic Services team on 01900 702550 or email elections@allerdale.gov.uk

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