They're not voting because...
- I haven't received a polling card in...
I haven't received a polling card in my name, sure I have a council tax bill in my name sitting here, and some polling cards in the previous occupants/landlords name, but none in mine. Maybe the current government know I would vote against them, I will start wearing a saucepan on my head to stop them reading my thoughts.written 18th Apr 2005
IanB replies: Getting a council tax bill has nothing to do with getting a polling card.
You only get a polling card if you filled in the electoral registration form at your current address last April. If you were at a different address at that time you'll get a polling card sent there, and you're entitled to vote at the polling station for that address, or apply for a postal vote if you've moved a long way away.
In any case you don't need a polling card to vote.written 18th Apr 2005
Helen replies: You don't have to wait for April, or October, or whenever, to get onto the electoral roll at your new address. There's a form online to send to your local council. I've used it twice now, for my last two house moves. Without it, I'm confident that I would be disenfranchised. The only problem's making them take off the ex-residents, who haven't notified of a new address so aren't automatically removed.written 18th Apr 2005