Annual electoral register reminder for residents
9 Sep 2015
Households in Aylesbury Vale should have received a form asking residents to check whether the information that appears on the electoral register for those living at their address is correct.
The forms were sent to homes in August as part of Aylesbury Vale District Council’s annual voter registration canvass. Reminders are now being sent out to those who have not yet replied.
The aim of the form is to ensure that the electoral register is up to date and to identify any residents who are not registered so that they can do so.
Residents are required by law to respond and register every year. Anyone who does not respond can face the risk of being fined up to £1,000.
Credit reference agencies also use information from the register of electors to update their records. This means it can be much harder to obtain credit if you are not on the electoral register.
If people do not respond, the council has to arrange for visits to homes to collect the household enquiry forms. This adds to the cost of preparing the register of electors.
Chris Sheard, Electoral Services Manager, said: “Please help us by responding as soon as possible to the letter. We know it’s one of those things that people may put to one side and think they will do it later when they have a moment and it can so easily get forgotten. It’s really quick and easy to reply. If you do not need to make any changes to your form, please let us know by internet, freephone or text, as this saves the council money.”
For more details on the electoral registration system, please visit www.gov.uk/yourvotematters