Beware voting rip-off

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Amber Valley Borough Council is warning people not to use a paid-for service to register to vote.

The independent elections watchdog has contacted ‘UK Electoral Roll’ after it was alerted to the company offering a £30-a-time ‘assisted service’ to complete customers’ electoral roll registrations. The company also uses a £1.53 a minute premium rate number to take customer questions.

Alex Robertson, Director of Communications, said: “This service is clearly ripping people off. It is very simple to register to vote and we want to make sure no one mistakenly uses this or any service that charges people for something that is available free of charge.”

The Commission has now asked the company to remove its advertising, and is reminding people that they can register to vote for free by visiting www.aboutmyvote.co.uk, calling freephone 0800 3 280 280.