Changes that are set to change the way people register to vote are being rolled out by Chesterfield Borough Council this month.
Letters have been sent to each of the 82,000 people registered to vote in the Borough by the local authority to tell them about the change.
The new system, called Individual Electoral Registration, means that each person across the Borough is responsible for registering themselves to vote, rather than the responsibility lying with the ‘head of the household’ as previously.
There will be two registers held by the council, the electoral register and the open register.
The electoral register lists the names and addressess of everyone who is registered to vote in public elections, and will be used for electoral purposes.
The open register is an extract of the electoral register, but is not used for elections, it can be bought by any person, company or organisation.
This register was previously known as the edited register, and people can opt out if they do not want to be on this.
Sandra Essex, Chesterfield Borough Council’s democratic services member said: “Look out for the letter as it will tell you if you have been automatically transferred to the new register or not.
“If you have not been transferred, you will need to provide some additional information and this letter will tell you exactly what you need to do.”
Have you recieved a letter? How do you feel about the changes to the voting registration system and the open register, are you happy for people to buy your details? Get in touch and let us know!