Over the summer, all Wyre Forest residents will receive a letter through the post telling them about the biggest change to the electoral registration system in nearly 100 years.
The Electoral Registration Officer will write to 78,162 people in the Wyre Forest district. The letter will explain that a new, more secure, system of Individual Electoral Registration is being introduced to replace the old Victorian system where the “head of household” registered everyone living in a property. Now, each individual will be responsible for registering themselves.
The vast majority of Wyre Forest district residents will automatically move onto the new electoral register. However, some will need to take action to join or remain on it, which they will now also be able to do for the first time by registering quickly and easily online.
Ian Miller, Wyre Forest District Council’s Electoral Registration Officer said:
“Wyre Forest residents will receive a letter at the start of August that will explain the change to the electoral registration system. 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 the letter will tell you exactly what you need to do.”
Samantha Mills, Head of Campaigns at the Electoral Commission, said:
“This summer the Electoral Commission will launch a major advertising campaign that will raise awareness of the change to Individual Electoral Registration. We welcome this change, which will lead to a more secure register and replace the outdated Victorian concept that a single ‘head of household’ is responsible for registering everyone.”