Latest news from the Elections Team at Chesterfield Borough Council.
The next household canvass for voter registration will commence on 1 October 2013.
The Electoral Registration Officer's staff will send out a form to every household in Chesterfield in October 2013 to compile the electoral register. The information will be used to update the register of electors when it is next published in February 2014. You can only vote if your name appears in the register of electors and you are aged 18 or over on polling day. Any eligible person over the age of 16 can register to vote but must be 18 or over to vote on polling day.
Registering to vote is very simple. All you have to do is update the annual canvass form with the details of everyone in your household who is eligible to vote and return it to us as soon as possible. If your details haven’t changed you can also reply on line or by freephone, using the number on the canvass form.
There are two versions of the electoral register- the full version and the edited register. The full register lists the name and address of everyone who is registered to vote. the Council holds a copy. Anyone can look at it but it is a criminal offence to supply or use copies for purposes other than those set down in law. the main use of the full register is to show who can vote in elections and referendums. Credit reference agencies can use it but only to check your name and address if you are applying for credit and for other purposes specified in law. It can also be used for law enforcement.
The edited register is available for general sale and can be used for any purpose. The edited register can be bought by any person, company or organisation and can be used for commercial activities such as marketing. If you do not want your details to appear on the edited register you must "opt out" by ticking the "Edited Register "box on the canvass form. You must now do this each time your details are updated in the annual canvass or when you change address. Following recent legal advice it is no longer possible for the council to carry forward a voter's choice from the previous register.
See the attached quick guide to completing your canvass form and frequently asked questions.
You don't need to wait until the next household canvass to register to vote. If you have moved address in the last 12 months contact the elections office to check if you are registered to vote. You can download a registration form here
For more information contact us on 01246 345402 or email firstname.lastname@example.org