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The way we all register to vote is changing

 

Across the UK the way everyone registers to vote is changing with the aim of making sure even more people have their say on the running of the Country both at a national and local level.

 

As part of the changes people across the UK are being asked to check that they will still be registered when the new system takes effect. In Bedford Borough around 25,000 residents may need to take action to join the new register, even if they were registered in the past.

 

To make sure residents don’t miss out Bedford Borough Council is writing to local residents to tell them about the change. Letters will be sent out during July informing residents if they need to take action and the Council is asking everyone to look out for them to check if they are one of the 25,000 who need to re-register.

 

About the change

The registration system changed in June 2014. The new system is called ‘Individual Electoral Registration’. Previously one person could take the responsibility for registering everyone who lived at an address, but now every individual is responsible for their own voter registration. The new system means that for the first time people will be able to register online. To register, residents will need to provide a few more details, including their National Insurance number and date of birth. This helps make the electoral register more secure.

 

Most people who are already registered will be transferred automatically to the new register. However around 25,000 will need to re-register in the Bedford Borough area. There are also people in the area who are not registered to vote at all and so need to register to have their say in elections. Anyone who was not registered previously can register under the new system at www.bedford.gov.uk/democracy.

 

Philip Simpkins, Returning Officer for Bedford Borough said: “This is the biggest change to the voter registration system in 100 years. Locally, we are focused on ensuring that people have the information they need to join the new register. I encourage everyone to look out for the letters that will be sent out in July to see if they need to take any action to continue to be eligible to vote.”

 

To find out more, visit www.bedford.gov.uk/democracy

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