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Dacorum residents who registered to vote last weekend asked to re-register
Dacorum residents who registered to vote last weekend using the internet or freephone options are being contacted and asked to re-register.
Electors were not given the opportunity to "opt-in" or "opt-out" of the edited register, which is the version of the electoral register that commercial companies can buy for marketing purposes. This was due to an omission on the part of one of Dacorum Borough Council's contractors, Electoral Reform Services (ERS).
Anyone who registered before 9.30am on Monday, October 13, when the mistake was corrected, will be contacted by email or letter from ERS.
Jim Doyle, Group Manager for Democratic Services at Dacorum Borough Council, said: "ERS has accepted responsibility for this mistake and will be covering the costs of putting this right. So if you do hear from ERS and are asked to re-register, please be assured that this is being carried out on the Council’s behalf."
ERS will be in touch with the 7,500 people affected over the next few days.
Mr Doyle added: "The Council is legally required to sell the edited register to anyone requesting a copy. But the money we receive for providing elector details is negligible and we would prefer not to be legally obliged to pass them on."
For more information, contact the electoral registration team on 01442 228000 or email email@example.com
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