Posted Sep 14, 2010 14:15 UTC (Tue) by mpr22
In reply to: Citizen Linus
Parent article: Citizen Linus
I don't know about Finland, but in the UK, local authorities (at the borough / city / district level) are responsible for distributing electoral registration forms to every household in the area on an annual basis. It is a legal requirement for someone in the household to fill the form in accurately, listing all persons-entitled-to-vote (including those who will become entitled to vote some time in the next twelve months) in the household and return it to the local authority.
If you change address during the year, you're supposed to notify the relevant electoral registration officers in the place you move from and the place you move to; your registration is updated accordingly.
The electoral register is also used as the list of persons from which jury pools will be selected. Some persons eligible to vote are not eligible for jury service; there are tickyboxes on the form for purposes of indicating such persons.
In recent years, there's been a convenient innovation: the form is issued with last years details pre-printed. If there are no changes required, you can confirm your household's registration by phoning a certain telephone number and keying in the unique identifying number printed on the form. (You can also do this via a web site; a letter-based check code is additionally required in this case.)
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