Gloucester Register to Vote service restored and Postal Voters urged to reapply
The council’s register to vote service is available again following the cyber incident in December last year and all waiting applications have already been dealt with. The city’s postal voters are now being asked to reapply to ensure that they can continue to vote by post.
Following the cyber incident the electoral register has been recovered, but the council has not been able to recover postal vote applications that were previously submitted by voters.
The council is now writing to every postal voter asking them to fill in an application form included with the letter and return it in the pre-paid envelope. Any queries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since the cyber incident the majority of the council’s services that were affected have been restored including the ‘Report It’ service that allows issues to be reported like fly-tipping or overgrown vegetation.
The Local Land Charge system that is used to carry out searches for prospective homeowners was restored in June.
Jon McGinty, Returning Officer for Gloucester City Council, said: “We apologise for the inconvenience to voters but we would urge them not to delay in returning their new postal vote application form so that we can make sure they can continue to vote by post at future elections.”