West Norfolk residents are set to receive a letter detailing the biggest change to the electoral registration system in nearly 100 years.
In August, the electoral registration officer for West Norfolk Council will write to 117,000 people to explain that a new system of Individual Electoral Registration has been introduced.
Each individual is now responsible for registering themselves. Many residents will automatically move on to the new electoral register to be published in December, as a result of a data-matching exercise through the Government Digital Service, with Department of Work and Pension records.
However, some people will need to take action to join or remain on the register. For the first time people will be able to register online. Visit www.gov.uk/registertovote
Samantha Mills, of the Electoral Commission, said: “The commission has launched a major advertising campaign that will raise awareness of the change to Individual Electoral Registration. We welcome this change, which will lead to a more secure register and replace the outdated Victorian concept that a single ‘head of household’ is responsible for registering everyone.”
Although the national campaign has already started and ends on August 10, because of the date of the matching exercise in West Norfolk, residents will not receive anything until August 1. They can, however register, under the new system if they wish to.
For more information visit www.gov.uk/yourvotematters