The Vale of Glamorgan Council is sending out enumerators to ensure every Penarth householder has received – and completed – a pink-coloured “Household Enquiry Form” – which double-checks that information held on the official Electoral Register for each address is correct.
The aim is to ensure that the Electoral Register is accurate and up-to-date.
The forms also aim to identify any residents who are currently not registered to vote – and which electors have opted-out of having their information included on the so-called “Open Register” .
If people listed on the Electoral Register don’t withhold “Open Register Status”, their data can be sold commercially to anyone – usually marketing companies. The household inquiry form gives people the option of taking their name off so-called “Open Register Status” on the Electoral Register – but the full information is still included in the main Electoral Register which has restricted circulation (although any individual can check the full Electoral Roll at their local library free of charge).
Local authorities like the Vale of Glamorgan can charge any individual or commercial firm for copies of bulk data held on the Open Register. The rate is currently set at £21.50 for every 1,000 entries .
About half of all registered voters have already opted out of the Open Register.
Further details on the Open Register are on http://www.valeofglamorgan.gov.uk/en/our_council/council/Electoral-Services/What-is-the-Open-Register.aspx