Act now to safeguard your vote in 2011
Voters across Anglesey will soon be receiving their annual voter registration forms.
Simply filling in these forms could mean the difference between having your say through the ballot box or losing your voice on the issues that affect you.
Next year, Anglesey residents will have the opportunity to take part in the Welsh Assembly Election and in two possible referendums; one on the law making powers of the National Assembly for Wales and the other on the voting system for the UK Parliament.
Anglesey’s Electoral Team will start sending forms to households on the Island next week in order to compile the all-important electoral register. The register will form the basis for the Welsh Assembly Election and both referendums, all currently scheduled to take place in Spring 2011.
By filling in the form, you’ll ensure you have your say in these important events. Update the annual canvass with the details of everyone in your household who is eligible to vote and return the form as soon as possible. If your details haven’t changed you can also reply by text, phone or via the website: www.electorregistration.co.uk/ynysmon
Anglesey’s Electoral Returning Officer, David Bowles, said, “Registering to vote is simple, quick and easy. Just complete the annual canvass form that comes through your letter box, sign it and post it. It only takes a few minutes to secure your vote for 2011.
“Last year’s UK parliamentary general election was high profile and we were pleased with the increase in registration in the run-up to polling day. However, some people may not realise that they have to register every year, by completing the annual canvass form that comes through your door, you can rest assured that your vote will be secured for next year.”
Kay Jenkins, Head of the Electoral Commission’s Wales Office added, “Next year will be an exciting one for voters in Wales, with elections and two referendums planned, but you can’t have a say if you’re not on the electoral register.
“We already know that the Welsh Assembly election will be taking place on 5 May next year and the referendum on the law making powers of the National Assembly for Wales is planned for the Spring, so voters can start making preparations now to ensure they don’t miss out.”
For more information contact Anglesey’s Electoral Team on (01248) 752548 or 752519 or visit www.aboutmyvote.co.uk
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Notes to editors:
The annual canvass takes place every autumn. An annual canvass form will be sent to every property on Anglesey. A revised electoral register will be published by 1 December 2010.
You can only vote if your name appears in the register of electors and you are aged 18 or over on polling day.
Special provisions to register also apply to members of the UK armed forces serving abroad to allow them to vote. For more information, go to www.aboutmyvote.co.uk