Don’t risk losing your right to vote

Residents are being urged to ensure they have confirmed their place on the Electoral Register - or risk losing their vote.

The Electoral Register is due to be published on December 1 and there are 1,801 individuals currently on the list who will have to be removed if they do not re-register under the new system of individual electoral registration.

Previously, one person in every household was responsible for registering everyone else who lives at that address.

Under individual electoral registration, each person is now required to register to vote individually.

Underthe system you need to provide ‘identifying information’, such as your date of birth and national insurance number, when applying to register and your application will need to be verified before you are added to the register.

Returning Officer for East Dunbartonshire Gerry Cornes confirmed: “The 1,801 individuals who have not yet confirmed their registration will have been contacted on a number of occasions by the Electoral Registration Office over the past year.

“Anyone who has not confirmed their registration by November 30 will have to be removed from the register, so I would encourage everyone to ensure they respond to the individual electoral registration correspondence by this deadline.”

One of the main under-registered groups is young people - particularly since the voting age was lowered to 16.

Everyone who will be 15 years or older by November 30, 2015 is eligible for registration.

If they have not yet done so, should immediately go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote as soon as possible and register their details

Mr Cornes added: “If you or anyone in your household think they may be eligible to register and have not yet done so, please go online before November 30 to complete the process.”