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Staffordshire Moorlands District Council is sending letter to residents about changes to the way they register to vote in elections

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 07, 2014

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Changes are being made to the way residents register to vote

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Electors across the Staffordshire Moorlands will soon receive a letter from the District Council as changes are made to the way we all register to vote.

Everyone who wants to be able to vote in elections and referendums needs to be registered in order to do so. Until now, one person in every household was responsible for registering everyone at that address.

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But from this summer this is changing and every person will be required to register individually.

To assist people with this change Staffordshire Moorlands District Council will be writing to all residents who are eligible to vote in early August.

Councillor Sybil Ralphs, Leader of the Council, said: “Being able to vote and have your say on how your local council and national government are run is the foundation stone of our democracy and that is why it is so important that people are registered to take part in elections.

“The changes being introduced this summer will strengthen the registration system and they affect everyone of voting age. The Council has supported a national marketing campaign by ensuring information is available to Moorlands residents via our website and the distribution of leaflets to public buildings and community groups.

“We’ll now be backing this up by sending a letter to every person who is eligible to vote with further information about any action they need to take. I’d urge everyone to look out for their letter and to follow any instructions it contains.”

The changes are being introduced to make it easier for people to register, such as being able to do so online, and to make the system more secure.

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