READING residents are being urged to check they are properly registered to vote under the new Individual Electoral Registration system introduced by Central Government this year, or risk losing their vote at next year’s Local and General Elections.
A new system of Individual Electoral Registration (IER) has been introduced this year and means each and every individual is responsible for registering themselves to vote. Previously, one person in every household was responsible for registering everyone else who lives at that address.
Under the new Cabinet Office rules, the changes mean that every local authority in the country now needs to go through a process of matching the names of all unconfirmed electors, with individual data held by Central Government. Where matches cannot be made because the Government does not hold the relevant data, the individual will be asked for further information and/or documentary evidence, or risk losing their vote.
Anyone who is unsure whether they are registered, should contact the Council’s electoral registration team on 0118 937 3717 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Residents can register to vote online at https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote