RESIDENTS keen to ensure they do not lose their right to vote have been urged to follow in the footsteps of High Peak’s first citizen by doing it online.
Mayor Pat Jenner could not believe how easy it was to complete his electoral registration form electronically by visiting www.registerbyinternet.com/highpeak and clicking the prominent “annual canvass” link on the home page.
“As my details haven’t changed in the last 12 months, I just logged on to the council website and completed the whole process in seconds. And it’s just as easy to register by ‘phone”, he enthused.
With voter registration forms set to drop through letterboxes across High Peak this month (July), Cllr Jenner is urging residents to follow his lead by completing and returning theirs as soon as possible.
And he warned that people who failed to return their form – or register in one of the other ways – would be unable to vote in the first ever Police Commissioner Elections on Thursday, November 15 this year or the Derbyshire County Council elections in May 2013.
The Borough Council is sending forms to households to keep the Electoral Register up to date. Anyone who has not received a form by the end of August should contact the electoral registration office on 0845 129 4851.
Cllr Jenner said: “Speaking from personal experience, I can reassure households that registering to vote is very simple. All you have to do is update the annual canvas form with the details of everyone in your household who is eligible to vote and return it to the council as quickly as you can.
“With the county council elections next May and, before then, the Police Commission Elections in November, now is the time for residents to ensure they have the right to vote.
“It’s really important that you complete and return the registration form so you’re able to take part in any elections that may be held”, he explained.
Residents completing the electoral registration form can opt to have their details excluded from the edited register on a permanent basis or until further notice. This means their details cannot be bought by individuals and commercial organisations.
The request to permanently opt out must be made in writing and must come from the elector. For more information on registering to vote or opting out of the edited register, call the electoral registration office on 0845 129 4851.