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06 September 2011
Register to Vote

Voter registration forms will soon be dropping through letterboxes across Bedford Borough and residents are being urged to return theirs as soon as possible to make their voice heard in the event that the Police and Crime Commissioner Elections take place next May.

The local Electoral Registration Officer, Philip Simpkins and his staff will be sending forms to households in Bedford Borough over the coming months to compile the electoral register.  Residents who haven’t received their form can contact the Electoral Registration Office on 01234 276922 or print a form off at www.bedford.gov.uk/democracy.


Philip Simpkins, said: “Registering to vote is very simple.  All you have to do is update the annual canvass form with the details of everyone in your household who is eligible to vote and return it to us as soon as possible.  If your details haven’t changed you can reply using our on-line form or using our freephone service 0808 284 1526.  There was a lot of interest in this year’s elections and the referendum on the UK voting system and we were pleased with the increase in registration shortly before polling day.  However, some people may not realise that they have to register every year.  It is important that you complete and return the registration form so you’re able to take part in the upcoming election.”


On their electoral registration form residents can opt to have their details excluded from the edited register. This will mean your details cannot be bought by individuals and commercial organisations.  For more information contact the local Electoral Registration Office on 01234 276922.

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