No response means hundreds of residents lose the right to vote
Published 9 Jan 2013 09:30 0 Comments
ALMOST 500 people in Clackmannanshire have lost the right to vote.
Brian Byrne, the Central Region's Electoral Registration Officer (ERO), will notify 470 Clacks electors this month that they have lost voting rights for any future referendum or election.
The names were removed from the Register of Electors for failure to respond to the annual voter registration forms issued last autumn and because there is no proof of their continuing residence.
Those removed will not be able to vote in any future election unless they reapply to register at their current address and they may have a reduced credit rating as all major credit reference companies use the Register of Electors to help confirm residence when dealing with credit applications.
Electors are also removed from the Register of Electors when the ERO is advised of changes in tenants, or owner occupiers. It is important that anyone who moves address applies to register promptly at their new address in order that they can retain the right to vote and maintain their credit history.
Further enquiries are being carried out at other addresses throughout Clackmannanshire, Falkirk and Stirling council areas and other electors will be removed when no response is received and the ERO is unable to verify their continuing residence.
Anyone who wants to check if they are registered to vote can email email@example.com or telephone 01786-892289 to check their details now.
Forms to apply to register to vote or to vote by post in future elections can be obtained in local libraries or can be requested by downloaded from www.saa.gov.uk/central
This article appeared in Alloa & Hillfoots Advertiser 09 Jan 13
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