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Council urges Vale residents to register to vote after big turnout in General Election

 

23 June 2017

 

After a bumper turnout in this month’s general election the Vale of Glamorgan Council is encouraging residents to register to vote if they are not already on the electoral roll.

 

Civic Offices-007Almost three quarters (72.72%) of those registered to vote in the Vale turned out to cast a ballot at the general election.

 

Acting Returning Officer for the Vale of Glamorgan, Debbie Marles, said: “Turnout at this election was higher than for the previous general election and for many of the other polls that have been held in recent years.

 

“Almost 54,000 votes were cast but unfortunately, as always, a small number of people had to be turned away from polling stations on the day because they were not registered to vote.

 

“We do a great deal to promote registering ahead of each election but this is not the only time that residents can add their names to the electoral register. This can be done all year round, and so we are now encouraging residents to check their details so that they can be sure of having their say at the next election. This can be done by calling 01446 729552, or by e-mailing electoralregistration@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk.”

 

One of the most common misunderstandings is that the Council can use council tax payment information to add names to the electoral register.  This is not the case as the local authority is not legally allowed to use the information for this purpose.

 

It is also not the case that completing the annual ‘canvass’ form that many households receive adds names to the register.

 

Since 2014, completing this form triggers a second letter that must be signed and returned for residents of a property to be added to the roll.

 

Residents who voted this month have nothing to worry about, but those who did not receive a poll card or were unable to vote at a polling station can register to vote at any time online at www.gov.uk/registertovote. You can also register over the phone by calling 01446 729552.