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Council encourage residents to check electoral details in household letter

Council encourage residents to check electoral details in household letter Council encourage residents to check electoral details in household letter
Updated: 7:43 am, Jul 30, 2015

RESIDENTS are being reminded to check their electoral details are correct.

Next May will see Police and Crime Commissioner elections across Warwickshire while there is also the possibility of an EU Referendum.

And as part of its annual voter registration canvass, Stratford District Council will be sending a form to households from the week beginning August 3.

The aim of the Household Enquiry Form (HEF) is to ensure the electoral register is up-to-date as well as identifying anyone who is not currently registered to vote.

The council is asking residents to check the information enclosed on the form matches up with those currently living at their address.

If no changes are needed, they can call 0800 197 9871, visit www.registerbyinternet.com/stratforddc or text NOCHANGE and a unique security code – contained in the form – to 80212.

Should changes be necessary – for example if someone has recently moved in or out of a household – residents can confirm these changes using their security code online or by writing them on the form itself.

If residents are unable to respond using their phone or online, they can return the form in the pre-paid envelope to the council’s offices on Church Street.

Research by the Electoral Commission indicates recent home movers are far less likely to be registered than those who have lived at the same address for a long time.

And the council are keen to encourage anyone who has moved address recently to look out for the form.

Darren Whitney, deputy electoral registration officer at Stratford District Council said: “Anyone who wants to vote must be registered.

“If you’re not currently registered, we’ll send you information explaining how to do so or you can apply at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

“To make sure you are able to have your say simply check the form and return it as promptly as possible. This will avoid reminder letters being issued or canvassers calling at a property, which all adds more costs to the council.

“It is essential the council has the correct information about each household as this means more residents can participate at future elections.”

Anyone with questions is asked to call the council’s elections team on 01789 260608.

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