Warrington Borough Council is issuing reminder letters to households who haven’t yet responded to the annual canvass, and any households who don’t respond by 26 October will receive a personal visit.
The response rate from households this year is almost 10% higher than this time last year, with more than half of householders replying using the quickest methods of going online or replying via SMS, but there are still close to 30% of households who are yet to respond.
Each year the Council sends out household enquiry forms to every address in the borough – more than 90,000 homes. Householders are required by law to provide the information requested on the form. Ultimately, anyone refusing to register can face a fine of up to £1,000 and a criminal record.
Steven Broomhead, chief executive at Warrington Borough Council, said: “To vote in an election you need to be registered. We have 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 on the register is up to date and accurate, and respond as promptly as possible.
“It’s particularly important that anyone who has recently moved house checks they are registered with the correct information.
“If your name is not listed on the form but you think 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.
A revised electoral register will be published on 1st December 2018. More information about the annual household enquiry is available on the council’s website at warrington.gov.uk/hef