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South Derbyshire letter drop will inform about voting changes

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 12, 2014

By Rob Smyth

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PEOPLE in South Derbyshire are being reminded that 'your vote matters' as a new registration procedure is unveiled.

Every person who is of eligible voting age in the area will be receiving a letter in the coming days through their letterbox explaining how the voting register system is changing.

The new system will now mean that everyone is automatically re-registered under the new system and they will not have to actively register to vote.

Karen Burbury, acting electoral services officer at South Derbyshire District Council, said: "People do not need to do anything else.

"They will not need to register again unless their entitlement to be registered changes.

"People should let us know if they change their name or if they move house.

"Details are not on an open register.

"Using information received from the public, registration officers keep two registers – the electoral register and the open register."

The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in public elections.

The open register is an extract of the electoral register, but it not used for elections.

It can be brought by any person, company or organisation such as businesses to confirm names and addresses.

People can ask for their details to be removed from this register.

More information is now available on the changes by visiting www.gov.uk/yourvotematters or by emailing elections@south-derbys.gov.uk

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