Last chance to register to vote

Published 20th October 2015

Around 3,000 people will be removed from Sandwell’s electoral register if they fail to register within the next few weeks, officers warn.

People who have not registered will get final reminders this week telling them to respond to their recently delivered electoral registration forms – or lose the chance to vote at elections.

Letters were originally sent out to every household in the borough in July when 8,000 needed to take specific action to remain registered.

Now 3,146 people, 1.4 per cent of the electorate, have not responded to the council to register themselves individually and need to take immediate action to avoid being deleted from the register of electors by December 1.  

People who do not respond will not be able to vote in local elections next year or in a Euro Referendum.

Not being on the electoral register can also affect your credit score, which can make it difficult to borrow money or get a mobile phone contract.

Sandwell Council chief executive and the council's electoral registration officer Jan Britton said the council wanted residents to make sure they are on the new register which will be published on December 1.

This year, households are being asked to take part in a new individual election registration system which replaces the previous head of household system for registering eligibility to vote and aims for greater accuracy.

Individual Electoral Registration (IER) will give people more control and ownership over the process and increase the accuracy of the register – with the new system able to verify that everyone on the register is who they say they are.

This will ensure that there is greater trust in the legitimacy and fairness of our elections.

The new process is supported by a new online system which makes registering easier than ever.

Anyone who needs help to respond, or has lost their letter, should contact the council’s elections team on 0121 569 3244.

Anyone who isn’t registered to vote can do so by simply providing their name, address, date of birth and National Insurance number in what is a secure, convenient, and modern way of registering to vote. Just visit the Register to Vote website.