Fenland residents should have received a letter from the district council informing them of a change to the electoral registration system – a move from the old “head of household” registration system to Individual Electoral Registration (IER).
Fenland District Council reports that about 7,000 local residents were not automatically transferred to the new electoral register.
Anyone who received a letter telling them they were not transferred can visit the website www.gov.uk/register-to-vote to register to vote online.
Paul Medd, FDC’s Electoral Registration Officer, said: “Many Fenland residents have received a letter from the elections team to tell them that they have automatically moved onto the new registration system.
“However, some residents were told that they needed to provide extra information in order to register under the new system.
“It’s important that they now do this. It can be done at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.”
He added: “This is the first time that people can register to vote online and it’s quick and simple.
“This should appeal particularly to many young people, so if you’ve just turned 18 or have not registered before; get online to register now.”
The Electoral Commission, the UK’s election watchdog, has called for the introduction of Individual Electoral Registration since 2003 as it will lead to a more secure electoral register.
If you did not receive a letter, call the district council’s elections team on 01354 654321 or email firstname.lastname@example.org