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Voters encouraged to fill in form
10:30am Friday 1st November 2013 in News
VOTER registration forms are starting to drop through letterboxes across the county and Wiltshire Council is urging people to respond to make sure they have a vote in future elections.
This year only, the government has delayed the annual canvass for 2013 so that it begins in October and ends with the publication of the new electoral register on February 17, 2014.
Electoral registration officer Carlton Brand said: “Registering to vote is very simple. People just need to check the form and, if necessary, update it. Even if there are no changes people still need to return the information. To make this process quicker, replies can be done via the internet or phone.
“People should not assume because they were registered last year they will be registered this year.
“New regulations in force mean that if people do not return their form within two consecutive years their names will be removed.”
By law the form must be responded to, whether by post, online or by phone. Failure to do this, or to give false information, could result in a £1,000 fine.
On the electoral registration form people can indicate whether or not they wish their details to be included on the edited register. The edited register can be purchased by any person, company or organisation.
If voters have not received a form by mid-November they should contact the electoral services team on 0300 456 0112.
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