With less than one month left until voter registration closes, Broxtowe Borough Council is advising all its residents; “Don’t delay, register today!”
Those who are not yet on the electoral register are being urged to apply by the deadline of Monday 18 April to ensure they can use their vote at the upcoming Police and Crime Commissioner Elections on 5 May and EU Referendum on 23 June.
It couldn’t be easier and voters can register online making the process more convenient than ever before. It only takes a few minutes to do at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and people can access on a computer, smartphone or tablet.
It’s even more important to encourage young people to register this time as they need to do it themselves under the new system. Sixteen and 17-year-olds can register now so that they will be able to vote as soon as they turn 18. Students who are living away at university can also register at both their term time address and home address.
Being on the electoral register is important not only to enable people to vote, but also when applying for things like a credit card or a mortgage as this can help validate information you provide.
Under the new Individual Electoral Registration system, which was introduced last summer everyone is responsible for registering themselves. Those registering will need to prove their identity by providing a name, address, National Insurance number and date of birth when applying.
Residents who would prefer a postal vote, rather than going along to a polling station, need to be registered individually before they can apply for a postal vote.
More information about registering to vote, postal voting and the forthcoming elections can be found on the Broxtowe website www.broxtowe.gov.uk/elections or visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote to register online today.
How is the new system Electoral Registration system different?
Everyone is responsible for registering themselves. Under the old system, the ‘head of the household’ would register everybody who lived at their address during the annual registration canvass.
Under the new system, you need to provide a few more details to register – including your national insurance number and date of birth. This makes the electoral register more secure. We have to verify these details to complete your registration. If we can’t verify your details, we will have to ask you to provide documentary evidence, such as a copy of your passport or driving licence.
How do I register under the new system?
Complete the application in full, making sure to include your date of birth and national insurance number, which can be found on your national insurance card, or in official paperwork such as payslips, or letters about benefits or tax credits.
Look out for a confirmation to say that you are registered or a request for more information to allow us to complete your registration.