18 August 2014

The General Election may seem a long way off, but voters are now being encouraged to check if they are registered for next year’s elections.

A new system called ‘Individual Electoral Registration’ has been introduced and everyone will be responsible for registering themselves. Under the old system the ‘head of each household’ could register everyone who lived at their address.

Voters should receive a letter from the Council before 29 August. The letter will tell them whether they’ve been moved automatically, or whether they need to register on the new system.

Most people who are already registered to vote are being moved onto the new system automatically, so many may not need to do anything.

But others will need to join the new register and the Council will be writing to tell them whether they need to do this. Registering online should take less than five minutes.

People will be asked for their date of birth and National Insurance number. These details are checked against Government records to help make sure that registrations are genuine.

John Mothersole, Returning Officer for the elections in Sheffield said: “It’s important that everyone is registered to vote when the General and local elections take place next year. The Government has introduced a new system that places responsibility on individuals to ensure they are registered. It’s a very simple process and will only take a few minutes if your details have not been automatically transferred already.

“Look out for the letters dropping through your letter box this month. I would encourage you to check this letter to see if you need to register and ensure your name is listed so you don’t lose your right to vote next year.”

For more information about the new voting system and how to register visit: www.sheffield.gov.uk/vote.

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