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Register to Vote

ARE YOU 14-16 YEARS OLD OR A FOREIGN CITIZEN LIVING IN WALES?  THE LAW HAS CHANGED YOU CAN NOW REGISTER TO VOTE

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council is required to keep the register of eligible voters up to date. Each year we contact every household to find out whether the details we have are correct and give you the chance to make amendments and additions.  This year we have begun by sending a message to everyone who provided a mobile telephone number or email; giving them an opportunity to reply electronically before we send out paper forms.

This is called the Annual Canvass

If you need to update your details on the electoral register, it is important that you respond as soon as you can. This means reminders do not have to be sent, and someone does not need to visit you to get this information.

Important changes have been introduced this year in Wales, reducing the age for registration to 14 and extending the qualifying citizenship.

Adding you name to the electoral register does not, however, entitle you to vote.  The elections you can vote in will vary depending on your age and citizenship.

Changing your name

If your name changes, to update the electoral register you will need to complete and sign a voter change of name form. This cannot be completed online. You will also need to provide a relevant document such as a copy of your marriage certificate, deed poll or amended birth certificate to support the form.

Opting in or out of the open register

There are two registers:

  • The full electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote and is used for electoral purposes. It is also used for other limited purposes specified in law, such as detecting crime, calling people for jury service and checking credit applications.
  • The open register is an extract of the electoral register and is not used for elections. This list can be bought by any person, company or organisation for marketing purposes. Your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed. Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote.

You must be on the electoral register but can decide to opt out of being listed on the open register.

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