Updating your details on the electoral register
Safeguard your right to vote - voter registration forms have been sent out to nearly 59,000 households in Suffolk Coastal as part of the annual canvass of electors - please confirm your registration to ensure you are able to vote at future elections.
If all the details on the form are correct, you can help save money if you can confirm them by using the internet, freephone or text (SMS) registration services.
Each year we send out voter registration forms to every residential property in the district in order to collect the information we need to update the electoral register. This year the annual canvass will run from October 2013 to February 2014.
Every year councils spend tens of thousands of pounds chasing up people who do not register by the deadline. You can help us to save Council Tax money by responding by Thursday 14 November 2013 as this will avoid us sending you a reminder.
Safeguard your right to vote
To vote in elections you need to be on the electoral register. The registration form collects the information we need for a revised electoral register, which we will publish by 17 February 2014.
If you do not respond to this form you may not appear on the revised register and you might lose your right to vote and it is much harder to obtain credit or loans if you are not on the register.
You are required by law to give the information asked for on this form - you could face a £1,000 fine if you don't.
Seven important facts about your voter registration form
- Responding to it ensures that you and everyone else eligible listed on the form will be able to vote.
- Responding to it ensures that you can all still apply for credit.
- A prompt response saves this Council time and money.
- Responding online or by phone saves us even more money.
- Not responding costs money as we have to send reminders.
- Being on the Council Tax register does not put you on the electoral register.
- Failing to respond could result in you being prosecuted and fined!
Completing the voter registration form
Please read the notes on the back of the form carefully before completing the form. We have also prepared a step by step guide for completing the voter registration form which may answer any questions you have:
The registration form will show details of those who are already on the register at the property address. If all the details on the form are correct, you can help save money if you can confirm them by using the internet, freephone or text (SMS) registration services. If one of these services is used, you will not need to return the paper form.
If you use the internet, freephone or text services you will need your two-part security code to hand. The two-part code can be found in the top right-hand section on the front of your voter registration form.
- You can use the internet service to confirm that the details are correct. You can choose whether the names of electors in your household will appear on the edited register and you can also apply for a postal vote. To use the internet service go to www.elecreg.co.uk/scdc (available 24hrs).
- You can use the freephone service to confirm that the details are correct and change whether the names of electors in your household will appear on the edited register and you can also apply for a postal vote. To use the freephone service call 0808 284 1563 (available 24hrs).
- You can use the text service if all of the details on your form are correct. Text the two security codes with a space in between them to 07537 410 063 (available 24hrs, standard network charges apply).
If you are unable to use the internet, freephone or text services please return the completed form to us by post using the envelope provided (no stamp is required).
If you are unsure about any of the details you need to complete follow the link below for a step by step guide:
16 & 17 year olds and students
Please provide the details of any 16 and 17 year olds at your address and make sure you include their date of birth so that they can can vote as soon as they are 18. Students may register at both their home and college addresses.
Second home owners
If this is your second home, please confirm at part 2 on the voter registration form or make a declaration stating you spend an average of, at least, 2 to 3 days per week there and would like to be registered at that address.
If you wish to make a declaration contact us on 01394 444685 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Help and further information
If you need any help or further information you can contact us on 01394 444685 or email email@example.com and we will be pleased to help you.