Changes to Voter Registration in Ribble ValleyPublished Thursday, 24 July 2014
Sweeping changes to the way Ribble Valley residents register to vote start this summer.
At present, one person in every household is responsible for registering voters at their address, but under the new scheme each resident will register individually.
People will be asked to provide identifying information, namely their date of birth and national insurance number, when they register.
This will allow their application to be verified before they are added to the electoral register.
The scheme is the biggest change to electoral registration for over a century and aims to make registration more secure, while protecting against voting fraud. The Electoral Commission believes it will bring voter registration into the 21st century and make it easier, simpler and faster for people to register to vote.
About 80 per cent of residents will be added to the new register automatically without needing to apply at all. For the remaining 20 per cent, registration is expected to take no more than three minutes.
Ribble Valley residents will receive letters outlining the new system over the coming weeks.