Don't lose your vote in 2012
Voter registration forms will soon be dropping through letterboxes across the Mansfield District and residents are urged to return their form as soon as possible to make their voice heard in the Police and Crime Commissioner Elections, due to be held on 15 November 2012.
Forms will be sent to all households in the Mansfield District between 22 June and 2 July to compile the electoral register.
Registering to vote is very simple. All you have to do is update the voter registration form with the details of everyone in your household who is eligible to vote and return it to Mansfield District Council as soon as possible. If your details haven't changed you can also reply by text, phone or online and this will save the Council money.
On your voter registration form you can opt to have your details excluded from the edited register. This will mean your details cannot be bought by individuals and commercial organisations.
You can only vote if your name appears in the register of electors and you're aged 18 or over on polling day. Any eligible person over the age of 16 can register to vote but must be 18 or over to vote on polling day. There was a lot of interest in last year's District Council and Mayoral elections, and Referendum on the UK voting system, which resulted in an increase in registration shortly before polling day. However, some people may not realise they have to register every year.
The annual canvass for the register of electors takes place every year, usually in the autumn. However, this year the Council is required by the government to complete the canvass earlier and publish the voters' register by 16 October, so that the register will be ready in time for Police and Crime Commissioner elections.
If you haven't received your form by 3 July, or if you have any questions about registering to vote or the elections, please contact the District Council's Elections team on 01623 463 345 or visit the Council's website at www.mansfield.gov.uk/elections