New changes to registration

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Angus Council residents are set to receive a letter explaining the biggest change to the electoral system in nearly 100 years.

The Electoral Registration Officer for the local authority will write to all electors within the council area outlining a new, more secure system of individual electoral registration which will replace the current system where the ‘head of the household’ registers everyone living in the property.

The new system will mean each individual will be responsible for registering themselves.

While many electors will automatically move to the new electoral register, others may need to take action to join or remain it.

Those who do have to do this, will be able to do so for the first time by registering online.

Alastair Kirkwood, who is the electoral registration officer for Angus, explained: “All electors will receive a letter at the end of October that will explain the change to the electoral registration system.

“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, who is head of campaigns at the Electoral Commission, added: “This autumn the Electoral Commission will launch a major advertising campaign that will raise awareness of the change to Individual Electoral Registration.

“We welcome this change, which will lead to a more secure register and replace the outdated Victorian concept that a ‘single head of household’ is responsible for registering everyone.”

For more information visit www.gov.uk/yourvotematters.

If you do not receive a letter, please contact the electoral registration officer for Angus Council on 01307 462416 or email angus@taside-vjb.gov.uk