A General Election must be held by June 2010 at the latest and Mid Sussex District Council is urging all residents to register now to avoid missing their chance to vote.
Mid Sussex District Council has issued 58,000 forms and has already had 64% returned. If you haven't got round to responding yet you can do so by returning the form in the post, by phone, text message or online. Using these methods now mean that costly follow up postage and door-to-door visits can be avoided. It is a legal requirement that every household either completes a form or confirms their details electronically.
Over 700 residents have so far used the handy new method of confirming their details by SMS text message. This convenient system means you only have to text back a unique code to confirm your details are correct. Mid Sussex residents can call freephone number 0800 988 1025, log on to midsussex.register2vote.org.uk
If your details are not accurate then you must use the form to send the correct information to the Council. New voters can be added, former residents removed and alterations can be made to names and other personal details. The form must then be signed and returned, by post, to the Electoral Registration department.
Please remember that it is up to the individual to ensure that they have registered to vote. Logging details with another Council department does not automatically entitle people to vote, your details must be entered onto the Electoral Register separately.
John Jory, Electoral Registration Officer for Mid Sussex, and Chief Executive of Mid Sussex District Council, said: "We know that residents want to be involved in the running of their communities, and a general election is a crucial time to make your voice heard. The important thing to remember is that the Electoral Register and Council Tax database are legally separate, so residents have to return their details specifically for the Electoral Register to make sure their vote can be counted."
23 September 2009