Published on 21st July 2014
Over the next few days, all Cheltenham residents will receive a letter through the post telling them about the new, more secure electoral register.
It is being introduced to replace the old system where the “head of household” registered everyone living in a property. Now, each individual will be responsible for registering themselves.
Most Cheltenham residents have automatically moved onto the new electoral register.
However, around 15,500 people in Cheltenham have not been transferred and can either visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote to register to vote online, or return the form by post.
Kim Smith, Cheltenham Borough Council’s Elections and Registration Manager, said:
“Cheltenham residents will receive a letter over the next few days 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. It’s very quick and simple to register, especially if you do it online.”