removal from electoral roll
The request was refused by Uttlesford District Council.
From: offended council tax payer
MY NAME HAS SUDDENLY APPEARED ON THE ELECTORAL ROLL WITHOUT MY CONSENT OR PERMISSION.
I WISH TO BE REMOVED FROM THE ELECTORAL ROLL.
I DID NOT GIVE MY PERMISSION OR AUTHORISATION TO BE INCLUDED IN THE ELECTORAL ROLL AND REQUIRE TO OPT OUT.
I DO NOT CONSENT OR AGREE THAT MY PERSONAL DETAILS CAN BE
AVAILABLE FOR ANYONE TO FIND THEM ONLINE OR OTHERWISE.
THIS IS AN INVASION OF MY PRIVACY.
I WISH TO KNOW WHO SUPPLIED MY PERSONAL DETAILS AND
IF 'PRESUMED CONSENT' IS LEGAL?
ARE THERE SIMILAR MINDED SUPPORTERS OUT THERE PLEASE?
SENDER:'OFFENDED COUNCIL TAX PAYER'
Uttlesford District Council
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From: Peter Snow
Uttlesford District Council
Dear Sir or Madam,
I am responding to your FOI request of 22 May 2009. In your request you
object to the inclusion of your name on the Register of Electors without
your consent or permission and ask for the details to be removed.
Without your name and address, I am unable to investigate this matter to
see why, when or how your name has been registered. You must send me this
information please if I am to investigate this mater properly and take a
decision on whether you should continue to be registered.
The general position on registration is as follows. Under the
Representation of the People Acts, all residents are required to give the
Electoral Registration Officer information for the purposes of compiling
the register. This is done annually by the sending of a registration form
to all households in the area. In effect therefore, it is compulsory to
be registered provided the persons concerned are eligible to be
registered, by nationally, age and residence at a particular address.
Some residents choose to withhold information because they do not wish to
be registered. The ERO is entitled to take legal action to secure their
details for registration and that is a matter for the ERO to decide.
The register is a public document, is `published', and kept available for
inspection at the Council Offices. There is also an edited register and
electors are able to opt out from having their details appear in this
version of the register. The full register has restrictions placed on the
uses to which the information on it can be put but the edited register has
no such restrictions. The full register is supplied to credit reference
agencies and certain other statutory bodies, as well as to political
parties and elected representatives upon request. It can be used for
credit checking, and for guarding against money laundering activities, but
cannot be sold for other commercial uses such as sending advertising
material by post (except for political campaigning purposes).
If your details are available online, it is unlikely this is as a result
of the use or sale of the register because of the restrictions I have
referred to above. Companies such as 192.com do not obtain register
details from me and, in fact, I would be unable to supply them with
anything other than the edited register.
I look forward to receiving further details from you in due course.
Electoral Services Manager
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