The biggest change to voter registration in a generation is upon us and Rhondda Cynon Taf Council is urging its electorate ‘not to get left behind.’
Individual Electoral Registration will give people more control and ownership over the process and increase the accuracy of the register as it moves towards a voting system fit for the 21st Century.
The new system will be 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 elections.
The change gets rid of the outdated ‘head of household’ registration system and places electoral registration in the hands of individuals.
The process is supported by a new online system which makes registering easier than ever. People can now register 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.
Under the new system, around 80% of those already on the electoral register will be automatically added after their name and address is matched against existing Government records.
Those people who are not successfully matched may need to provide additional information to be registered. But thanks to the new online electoral registration system, this is now a quick and easy process that takes as little as three minutes.
Chief Executive and Returning Officer for Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, Steve Merritt, said: “We want to make residents aware of the changes to the electoral registration process, made by central government, to ensure that everyone who is eligible to vote continues to be able to do so.
“The majority of people will not need to do anything, but there will be some who are asked to provide information to ensure that their details are on the electoral register and that they will therefore still be able to vote.”
For further information on the new electoral registration system visit www.gov.uk/yourvotematters