|Registered? Wigan Borough residents asked to look out for letters
Letters will be going out next month telling Wigan Borough residents whether they need to act to ensure they are still on the electoral register.
A new system called Individual Electoral Registration is now in operation in England and Wales. Under this system, individuals are responsible for registering themselves rather than one person representing a whole household as was previously the case.
To prepare for the arrival of the new system, everyone who was already registered has had their details checked against government and council databases. If these match, they will be receiving written confirmation that they are on the registered and do not have to do anything further.
But if their details do not match, they will be sent an invitation to register and need to act.
For the first time, people will be able to register online via www.gov.uk/register-to-vote - it’s a quick and easy process and they will just need to provide their National Insurance and date of birth details to confirm their identities.
Those who do not have internet access can also post back the registration form in the pre-paid envelope provided.
Donna Hall, chief executive and electoral registration officer of Wigan Council, said: “We’re urging people to look out for their letters in August and make sure they act as soon as possible if they need to register.
“If you aren’t on the register, you won’t be eligible to vote in local and national elections, which means you won't be able to have your say on how Wigan Borough is run.
“But it isn’t just about voting. Providing this information is a legal obligation, and failure to do so can adversely affect your life in other ways. For example, if you are not on the register it might make it harder for you get a mobile phone contract, loan or even mortagage because credit reference agencies use the register to confirm where you live.”
When you receive an invitation to register vote, or if you know you’re not registered and want to apply, you can do so at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.