Voter registration forms will soon be dropping through letterboxes across Carlisle and residents are being urged to return theirs as soon as possible to make their voice heard in future elections.
Forms have been being posted out to households in Carlisle. If you haven’t received your form you can contact your Electoral Registration Officer on 01228 817555 or print one off at www.aboutmyvote.co.uk
The Returning Officer for the Elections, Jason Gooding - Carlisle City Council’s Town Clerk & Chief Executive, said:
“Registering to vote is very simple. All you have to do is update the annual canvass form with the details of everyone in your household who is eligible to vote and return it to us as soon as possible. If your details haven’t changed you can also reply by, phone or via the internet. It is important that you complete and return the registration form so you’re able to take part in future elections.”
On your electoral registration form you can opt to have your details excluded from the edited register. This will mean your details cannot be bought by individuals and commercial organisations. If you would like to opt out of the edited register you should tick the box in the right hand column of the form headed Edited Register. For more information, contact Carlisle City Council on 01228 817555.
The annual canvass usually takes place every autumn. An annual canvass form will be sent to every property in the Carlisle City Council area. A revised electoral register will be published by 1 December 2016.
You can only vote if your name appears in the register of electors and you are aged 18 or over on polling day. Any eligible person over the age of 16 can register to vote but must be 18 or over on polling day.
Special provisions to register also apply to members of the UK armed forces serving abroad to allow them to vote. For more information, go to www.aboutmyvote.co.uk
There are two versions of the electoral register – the full and edited registers. Only certain people and organisations can have copies of the full register and can only use it for specified reasons. The edited register can be bought by anyone who asks for it and can be used for any purpose, including direct marketing.