Verification Number

We're required by law to publish how many signatures of registered voters are required on a petition on whether we should change to a different form of governance.
Electors can petition the council to hold a referendum.

The petition must be signed by at least 5% of the registered electors for the district.

This figure is known as the verification number.

  • Verification Number 1 April 2017-31 March 2018: 4089
  • Verification Number 1 April 2018 -31 March 2019: 4090
  • Verification Number 1 April 2019 – 31 March 2020: 4073

Between February and 31 March

Every year there is a short period of time when there are two figures that can be used.  This is between publication of the number in February and 31 March that same year.
During that time, the alternative number that can be used is the one that was published the previous February.
We must use the lower of these two numbers as the Verification Number for any petition submitted during that period.

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