Residents in Lichfield District urged to return their household enquiry forms to confirm their voter information.
Early in August, residents living in Lichfield District received a form asking them to check and update information that appears on the electoral register for their address.
The forms ensure the local authority can keep the electoral register up to date and identify any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so.
Lichfield District Council is once again urging anyone who has not responded to make sure that they do as soon as possible.
Diane Tilley, Electoral Registration Officer at Lichfield District Council, said:
“We’re keen to remind local residents to respond as soon as possible, so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in Lichfield District.
“The easiest and most cost effective way to respond where there are no changes is by going online, using the freephone number or texting us. Guidance on how to do this is on the first page of the form. If you need to make changes you can either go online or post the form back to us.
“If we have not received a response by 1 September we will have to send reminders out. If we do not receive a response to the reminder by 13 October canvassers are asked to visit local homes that have still not responded, to urge them to do so.
“If you’re not registered, your name will not appear on the form. If you want to register, the easiest way is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote, or we’ll send you information explaining how to do this in the post when we have received a response to the household enquiry form.
“Please remember, you must respond to the household enquiry form even if you have chosen to register yourself online.”
People who have moved address recently are particularly encouraged to return their forms. Research by the independent Electoral Commission indicates that recent home movers are far less likely to be registered than those that have lived at the same address for a long time.
Across Great Britain, 96 percent of people who have been at their property for more than sixteen years will be registered, compared to 27 percent of people who have lived at an address for less than one year.
Melanie Davidson, Head of Support and Improvement at the Electoral Commission, said:
“It’s really important that everyone who is entitled to vote is able to do so. Checking the form is one of the easiest ways to find out if you are already registered. There’s lots of helpful information about registering to vote on our website www.yourvotematters.co.uk.”
If you live in Lichfield District and have not received your household enquiry form yet, please call Lichfield District Council’s elections team on 01543 308125 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on Thursday 31st August 2017