MORE than 12,000 households in Stratford district have still not registered to vote.
In July nearly 60,000 electoral roll forms were sent out to every home in the district.
But many have still not been returned – prompting the council to send a canvasser to those which have still not replied.
Stratford District Council officers say this is expected to cost the taxpayer some £13,000.
Those who have not completed a form will not be included on the electoral register and will not be able to vote in elections or referendums.
It may also make it difficult for people to receive credit as agencies use the register when they check credit ratings.
A council spokesman said: “It is vital that every household in the district returns a completed electoral registration form if they have not done so already.
“Voting is an opportunity for people to have their say on important issues which affect their everyday lives. We’ve had a good response so far, but I’m urging all households who haven’t yet replied to their electoral registration forms to respond as soon as possible.
“Registration is compulsory, as it allows residents to exercise their right to vote. If there is a major election in the near future, people will need to be on the electoral register in order to do this.”
Call 01789 260208 for more information.