Residents who are yet to register to vote will receive a reminder letter through the post over the next few weeks reminding them about the biggest change to the electoral registration system in nearly 100 years.
The new system is being introduced to replace the old Victorian system where the “head of household” registered everyone living in a property. Now, each individual will be responsible for registering themselves, and this can be done online.
Of the 550,000 people receiving letters in Leeds, 470,000 residents will automatically move onto the new electoral register, however some will need to take action to join or remain on it.
Each letter details the action needed to be taken by the specific individual, whether it is to do nothing, change their details or simply register to be on the electoral roll.
Although a large number of people have already taken the action they need to, there are still a number of individuals that either need to register or update their details.
Tom Riordan, Leeds electoral registration officer, said: “It is important that everyone in Leeds who is eligible to vote signs up to the electoral roll.
“The council has already sent out a large number of letters informing people of what they need to do to ensure they are moved over onto the new electoral register or if they need to register their details.
“I would encourage people to look out for their reminder letter if they have not already taken action to ensure they are on the register.”
For more information visit www.gov.uk/yourvotematters