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Download a registration leaflet and formWho is eligible to vote?You must be 18 years old or over, a British, other Commonwealth, Irish or other European Union Citizen and living in the Chesterfield Borough Council area. Download a list of eligible countriesWhat is the Electoral Register?The electoral register is a list of the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote. Each local electoral registration office maintains the electoral register for its own area. The Electoral Register is updated annually and is published on 1st December. It is available for inspection at the Town Hall. You can also phone to check that you are included Tel: 01246 345243 or 345806.You are not automatically registered even if you pay council tax. If you receive a request for your registration information from your local electoral registration office then you are legally obliged to respond.Not being registered may also affect your credit rating.Will my details be given to other organisations? There are two versions of the electoral register – the full version and the edited version. The full register is used only for elections, preventing and detecting crime and checking applications for credit. The edited register is available for general sale and can be used by other organisations for commercial activities such as marketing.Your name and address will appear on the full register which is available for inspection, under supervision, at your local council's offices. You can choose on your registration form whether or not to appear on the edited register.Do I register once or every year? You should register between August and November every year when the Electoral Registration Office delivers a registration form to your home. This is known as the 'annual canvass'. You can register at other times of the year (for example, if you move to another address), by completing a registration form. This is known as rolling registration. How long does it take to get my name on the register?If you register during the canvass your name will appear on the register of electors when it is published on 1 December.If you apply to register between December and July your name will appear on the next update of the register. The register is updated monthly. The Notices of Alteration are issued by the Electoral Registration Officer on the 1st of every month and include any alterations which have been approved before a deadline 14 calendar days earlier. This means that you should expect any alterations to the register to be operative a minimum of 3 weeks after receipt of your application and it may be as long as 7 weeks. However if an election is called the last date to register is 11 working days before an election.
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