Voting system in borough to change

Ballot box
Ballot box

Changes to the way residents vote are being rolled out by Amber Valley Borough Council.

Letters have been sent to the 99,000 people who are registered to vote in the borough by the authority to alert them to the adjustments.

The new system, called Individual Electoral Registration, means that each person across the borough is responsible for registering themselves to vote. Previously that responsibility lay with the head of the household.

Many Amber Valley residents will automatically move onto the new electoral register. However, some will need to take action to join or remain on it by registering online.

Amber Valley Borough Council’s Electoral Registration Officer, Sylvia Delahay said: “Look out for the letter as it will tell you if you have been automatically transferred to the new register or not.

“If you have not been transferred, you will need to provide some additional information and the letter will tell you exactly what you need to do.”

Samantha Mills, Head of Campaigns at the Electoral Commission, said: “We welcome this change, which will lead to a more secure register and replace the outdated Victorian concept that a single ‘head of household’ is responsible for registering everyone.”

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