Funding for new electoral registration

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The way that people give details for the electoral register is changing next year – and South Holland District Council has received funding to cover the costs.

The government has given the council £21,569 to help with the transition to a more accurate and secure electoral register.

The new Individual Electoral Registration will mean an end to the current forms, where the “head of the household” fills in the names of everyone eligible to vote.

From next summer, everyone will take individual responsibility for registering and, for the first time, online registration will be available, making the process more secure and convenient.

A council spokesman said: “There are two major benefits to the system being introduced: because we will ask for identifying information such as date of birth and National Insurance number, we can verify that everyone on the register is who they say they are.

“This is vital as we create a register in which everyone can be fully confident, one which reduces the risk of fraud and duplication, eradicating redundant entries.

“The second benefit of IER is that, because we are targeting people individually, we can bring electoral registration into the modern age.

“Some people, such as those in shared housing and students who move regularly, might not even realise a form has been delivered to their home.”

Thanks to “data matching”, where the current electoral register will be matched against other public databases, the vast majority of the population will transfer automatically onto the new electoral register.

The rest will receive a letter and a visit from local authorities during the canvass.