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1,000 people ‘knocked off’ electoral register this year, council confirm

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A banner points the way to an election polling station. Photo Credit: Rachael_H Flicker Creative Commons License.

1,000 people have been ‘knocked off’ the electoral register in Louth this year and Louth County Council are urging anyone who wants to be added to the Live Register for next year to complete an application form by next week.

The Draft Register of Electors 2021-2022 has already been published and anyone who wishes to make a claim to be added to the Live Register 2021-2022 in order to be eligible to vote, must complete an online form before next Wednesday (November 25 2020).

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“We have effectively knocked 1,000 voters off the register. It’s a significant clean up. We would urge people to check the register for their own details,” Director of Services Joe McGuinness told the November meeting of Louth County Council on Monday.

In July, the council launched a new online portal for joining the electoral register, after having to almost entirely scale back on the amount of door-to-door enquiries made to homes in line with government guidance on social distancing.

Anyone who wants to register to vote can now do so remotely, via the local authority’s new portal which is live on their website. They can also check the electoral register by clicking here.

The Electoral Register on the Louth County Council website also includes an option for inclusion on an Edited Register. The edited register contains the names and addresses of persons whose details can be used for a purpose other than an electoral or other statutory purpose e.g. for direct marketing use by a commercial or other organisation. Voters can opt in and out on inclusion on the Edited Register, while leaving the box blank will be assumed as an opt-out.

Each year, persons resident in county Louth get taken off the electoral register, which is why it remains important to check the register to ensure you are still eligible to vote in any upcoming elections or referendums.

Each year, the local authority updates the register by sending an Inspector calling to each address. The Inspector will ask the person who answers the door to confirm if those listed on the register still were resident at the address.

If not, that person is removed. This happens most frequently where people no longer live with their parents or if a person moves house and didn’t re-register.

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