Register to vote online as changes are made to electoral registration system

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Residents across Bedford borough are being sent letters about online electoroal registration, available for the first time.

The council’s Electoral Registration Officer Phillip Simpkins is sending out the information about the move away from the old registration system, where one person registered on behalf of a whole household, to the new system of Individual Electoral Registration (IER).

Under the new system residents only need to register once at their current address. While most details have been moved to the new system the borough council reports almost 18,000 people still need to register to be able to vote in any elections.

Anyone who has received a letter telling them they were not transferred and would need to register on the new system can visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote to register to vote online.

Mr Simpkins said: “Many Bedford borough residents have received a letter saying they have automatically moved onto the new registration system.

“However, some residents were told they needed to provide extra information in order to register under the new system. It’s important they now do this. This is the first time people can register to vote online and it’s quick and simple. This should appeal to many people so why not get online to register to vote.”

If you didn’t receive a letter call the registration team on 01234 276916 or email electoralservices@bedford.gov.uk