Householders in Warrington are being urged to look out for important voter registration information in the post and to make sure that details currently held on the electoral register are correct.
Each year Warrington Borough Council sends out household enquiry forms to every address in the borough as part of the nationwide canvass. Householders are required by law to provide the information requested on the form.
Steven Broomhead, chief executive at Warrington Borough Council, said: “To vote in an election you must be registered. We need to ensure that the electoral register is up to date and to identify any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so.
“Householders should check that the information held is accurate and up to date, and respond as promptly as possible. This can be done quickly and easily online, as well as by phone or post.
“It’s particularly important that anyone who has moved house recently looks out for the form and checks whether they are registered with the correct information.
“If your name is not listed on the form but you think that you are eligible to vote, you must do two things: respond to the enquiry form and register yourself online at gov.uk/register-to-vote”
Householders are asked:
- the name and nationality of everyone aged 16 or over;
- whether there are any residents who are not eligible to vote, and why;
- whether their nationality has changed;
- if they are now over 76 years old;
- to cross out the name(s) of anyone listed on the form who is no longer living at the address; and
- to include contact information if they wish to.
Forms can be completed quickly and easily online using a security code provided.
Credit reference agencies use the electoral register to validate applications. Not being registered can affect applications for credit cards, mobile phone contracts and mortgages.
More information about the annual household enquiry is available on the council’s website at warrington.gov.uk/elections