The electoral registration system changed in September and now Dumfries and Galloway Council is warning everyone to be aware of the new rules.
The new system is called “Individual Electoral Registration” or “IER” and it means everyone is now responsible for registering themselves instead of the old system whereby one member of the household could register everyone at their address.
You need to provide your national insurance number and date of birth to register, this makes the electoral register more secure.
You can now register to vote online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
By now everyone currently registered to vote in Dumfries and Galloway should have received a letter from the authority which will tell you whether or not you have been automatically registered under the new system.
By law, the authority has an obligation to both send out reminders and visit non-responding homes, so please respond now to make our task easier and ensure you’re registered.
If you have received a Household Enquiry Form (HEF), this needs to be completed and returned as soon as possible.
If you have received an Invitation to Register (ITR), the simplest way to register is to go online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. For those who do not have access to a computer simply complete the form and return it in the envelope provided.
If you have received a letter that states that you have been automatically registered you don’t need to do anything but if you move home in the future you will need to re-register. If you haven’t received a letter about registration please call 01387 260627.