All householders will soon be receiving registration forms for them to confirm details of eligible voters living at their premises.
To ensure the accuracy of the Island’s electoral register, names will be removed from the voters list next year if forms are not completed and returned by March 18, 2015.
Residents cannot vote in House of Keys or local authority elections unless they are on the register. Being unregistered can also affect a person’s credit reference history and excludes them from jury service.
The registration forms will arrive at every household early in the New Year, in envelopes prominently overprinted to highlight the importance of the enclosed documents.
A spokesperson for the Cabinet Office’s Crown & Elections Unit explained: ‘Voting in elections is the fundamental democratic right of every eligible Island resident, but you can only exercise that right if your name is on the register of electors.
‘It was the practice in previous years to leave names on the list if there was no response from a property, but over time this has made the electoral register increasingly unreliable and inaccurate. Now that we are taking action to clean up the register the onus is more than ever on the householder to ensure that voter details are confirmed.’
Voter awareness initiatives will be undertaken in the New Year to promote the registration process and the importance of completing and returning the registration forms.
For further information on registering to vote or for any other enquiry regarding the electoral process please contact the
Isle of Man
+44 1624 685754
For email enquiries use email@example.com or call the telephone voters general enquiries on +44 1624 685754 during office hours (Monday-Friday).