RESIDENTS in Stratford-on-Avon District are being urged to safeguard their vote at election time by sparing just a few minutes to get their name registered on the electoral roll.
In July, electoral registration forms were posted out to every household in the district. However, although 58,500 forms were sent out, there are still approximately 12,000 to be returned – despite reminders being sent out.
The district council is required by law to obtain this information, so a canvasser will be sent to any property which has not returned the form to obtain the information. This will result in further costs for the district council and tax payer in the region of £13,000.
Failure to return a completed form may mean that a person’s details are not included on the electoral register. People who are not on the register will not be able to vote at parliamentary elections, local elections or referendums. It may also make it difficult for people to obtain credit because credit agencies use the register when they check credit ratings. No one is automatically registered to vote even if they are paying Council Tax. Anyone who hasn’t already confirmed their details or returned their form is therefore encouraged to do so immediately.