Threatening letter over vote registration

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Saturday 27 June 2015 11.26pm
I have just received a threatening letter from Southwark Council saying I will be fined 80 if I do not register to vote. I am already registered to vote, live in a single person household and do not want to provide further personal information to the Council. Why am I being threatened? I do not want to be annoymous but do not want to register any more information as the Council can not promise me that my data can not be hacked. There are countless cases which I can cite but does anyone have any ideas?
Sunday 28 June 2015 10.07am
That's bizarre. It's never happened to me.

So what additional information other than your name, address and nationality do they want?
Sunday 28 June 2015 11.46am
Floodplain wrote:
That's bizarre. It's never happened to me.
So what additional information other than your name, address and nationality do they want?

Not much else if the online from is anything to go by.
Monday 29 June 2015 8.13am
No one can fine you for not registering to vote.

I doubt that this is what the council is threatening to do.

...if you press it, they will come.
Monday 29 June 2015 8.38am
Ivanhoe wrote:
No one can fine you for not registering to vote

Ivanhoe, with respect, that is totally wrong.

If the electoral authority issues a requirement to register - which it sounds like is the case here - then you are compelled to register. Failure so to do is punishable by a fine up to 1,000 (a civil fine as opposed to a criminal one) - see section 5(4) of the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 (which amends the Representation of the People Act 1983) - see here.

Advice to the OP is to comply with the request and duly register. If you are concerned about data protection etc, you can ask to be included only on the full register and have your details omitted from the edited register (the version that is commonly sold to marketing companies).
Monday 29 June 2015 9.12am
ljustice0773 is not alone. As the link I posted to http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/Nearly-20-000-people-Derby-receive-fine-threat/story-22952944-detail/story.html
and similar accounts from around the country show, there are apparently a lot of people being asked to register again. There could just be a minor discrepancy - for example '... people who prefer to register using their middle name instead of first name have had problems switching over to the new system.'

And the fine, set by the government, is 80 - https://www.gov.uk/electoral-register/overview

So best advice is - do register (or reregister) if you're asked to do so.
Monday 29 June 2015 9.23am
John C wrote:
And the fine, set by the government, is 80 - https://www.gov.uk/electoral-register/overview

Agreed. I don't know where I got the 1,000 figure from!
Monday 29 June 2015 9.27am
Gavin Smith wrote:
John C wrote:
And the fine, set by the government, is 80 - https://www.gov.uk/electoral-register/overview

Agreed. I don't know where I got the 1,000 figure from!

I think the 'up to 1000' is the nominal figure set by statute - the 80 is a sort of fixed penalty notice.
Monday 29 June 2015 9.49am
Yes, that would make sense. Thanks for being so knowledgeable about these things, John :-)
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