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Look out for important voter registration information

The recent EU Referendum highlighted the importance of being registered to vote. As part of the annual voter registration canvass New Forest households will soon receive a form from the council asking them to check whether the information that appears on the electoral register for their address is correct.

The aim of the form is to ensure that the electoral register is up to date and to identify any residents who are not registered, so that they can be encouraged to do so. This is an opportunity for residents to make sure that when elections take place, such as the county council elections in May 2017, they will easily be able to take part.

Bob Jackson, Electoral Registration Officer at New Forest District Council, said, "Anyone that wants to vote and have their say in elections must be registered, so we would ask that people respond and let us know whether the information shown on the form is correct. Depending on whether or not any changes are needed, you can respond online, by telephone or text, or by returning the paper copy of the form."

"If you're not currently registered, we'll send you information explaining how to register, or you can go online to apply at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote . Registering is quick and easy, you just need your National Insurance Number and date of birth."

It is particularly important that anyone who has moved address recently looks out for the form and checks whether they are registered.

If you any questions please contact the electoral services team at electoralservices@nfdc.gov.uk; or telephone (023) 8028 5445.

Published: 18 Aug 2016
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