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David Kravitz
 

I have received a response to my query >from Matt Pitcher, an Electoral
Services Officer, Law & Corporate Governance regarding electoral
registration in the UK. To summarize:

1. The law still requires a householder to make an annual return of all
occupants of a house. They will send postal reminders and make a home visit
if they get no response. But, if the register remains unchanged, they *will
now* accept a telephone call or email/Internet registration.

2. There are two versions of the register, a full version with restricted
usage for voting, credit checking and crime prevention, and an edited
version freely available for purchase and no restriction on usage. Anybody
on the full list can *now* ask to be removed >from the full version for any
reason.

3. British citizens can now apply to be included on a register for 15 years
after emigration in their last registration constituency.

4. Voters' lists can "now" be alterred monthly for nine months of the year
to minimize the need to travel distances to vote caused by moving home.

Only today, a woman has been charged with making false entries on registers.

Thus >from a genealogical viewpoint, UK electoral registers are no more
valuable than telephone directories given the growing number of unlisted
numbers. But people who have moved or died should not be on the register at
a specific address >from year to year, as previously suggested.

David Kravitz
Netanya, Israel


Nick <tulse04-news@...>
 

"David Kravitz" <david_kravitz@hotmail.com> wrote

Thus >from a genealogical viewpoint, UK electoral registers are no more
valuable than telephone directories given the growing number of unlisted
numbers. But people who have moved or died should not be on the register
at a specific address >from year to year, as previously suggested.
As a candidate in an election 30 years ago it was fairly common to call on
people who had been living at an address for quite a few years, and to find
that the previous owners were still registered.

The current owners, whilst technically breaking the law by not registering
to vote, didn't believe in voting and therefore didn't register.

Whilst this should result in there being no entry at that particular
address - in which case I would not have called there and had this
experience - there were indeed the previous residents living there - who
would have moved elsewhere or could have died (or both).

There is no requirement of electors to inform the registration officer that
they are moving elsewhere - thankfully the UK doesn't require us to register
our movements with the authorities.

My above experience would indicate that (certainly in the past) the practice
is to keep on the register the people listed, until a registration form has
been submitted which revises the previous position - notwithstanding Mr
Pitcher's comments. What should happen and what does happen are often two
different things. I understand that he works for a local municipality in the
UK. For him to have said otherwise would have implied that he was acting
illegally. What he and David Kravitz are saying is quite correct in how the
register _should_ be maintained - my experience on the ground is different.

Much of present discussion is about people not being registered rather than
the people being on the Register who shouldn't be. There is a new Bill going
through Parliament to improve matters
http://www.electoralcommission.gov.uk/elections/eladbill.cfm

"The electoral registration process Report and recommendations"
http://www.electoralcommission.gov.uk/files/dms/Registration_9799-79
73__E__N__S__W__.pdf
examines the current situation and makes recommendations for the future.

Nick Landau
London, UK

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