Council allows residents to update electoral register via text

Households across Britain could soon be allowed to make changes to the electoral roll by text message, if a trial in Kent proves successful.

Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council is updating its electoral register, informing households that they need to be on it to cast their votes in next year’s elections, by-elections and referendums.

In order to make the process as quick and easy as possible – getting more accurate details in the process – the council has broadened the ways in which local residents are able to make amends to their personal details. Now, if any changes are to be made, they can be done online, by telephone or via text.

It’s hoped this approach will make it more convenient than ever before to keep the register updated. That way, the council has the most up-to-date information on its residents and fewer people miss out on their chance to vote. As the council doesn’t get personal information from council tax records or third-party companies, it relies on individuals to maintain their own records.

Commenting ahead of the big mail out, the chief executive of Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council, Julie Beilby, told “Completing the form is extremely important because we need to know who is living at your address so we can help ensure that they are registered to vote.

“Please complete your form as soon as possible and make sure you don’t ‘lose your voice’ at future elections. Each response we receive now will also save the council money, as we won’t need to send you a reminder, helping us to work in the most efficient way.”