MAKE SURE OF YOUR VOTE
- Published: Monday, 17 July 2017 12:22
Richmondshire residents are being urged to make sure they have the right to vote.
Later this month (July) canvass forms will be posted to all 23,337 households – to check whether the information that appears on the electoral register for the address is correct.
It will make sure the electoral register is up to date and identify any residents who are not registered so they can be encouraged to do so. The work is part of Richmondshire’s annual voter registration canvass.
The council is once again using an automated service to complete the form with electors encouraged to use the alterative options - web, text and telephone. And for 2017 the web service will permit changes too - names can be added or removed. Security codes are provided on the canvass form to access these systems – and the form does not need to be returned by post when using one of these methods.
As well as giving electors greater options this system also reduces the Electoral Registration postal costs - however the form can be returned by post in the envelope provided or delivered to any Community Office.
Tony Clark, Electoral Registration Officer at Richmondshire District Council said: “Anyone that wants to vote must be registered. To make sure you are able to have your say at any elections held during the year, simply check the form when it arrives and return it as promptly as possible.
“If you’re not currently registered, we’ll send you information explaining how to do this or you can go online to apply to register at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote .
“It’s particularly important that anyone who has moved address recently looks out for the form and checks whether they are registered.”
Canvass forms must be returned to Richmondshire as soon as possible to avoid a reminder or personal visit to the home.
Additional information is available on www.richmondshire.gov.uk