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Canvassers are calling to update electoral register

Archived press release

Date Published: 11/10/07

Over the next few weeks canvassers will call at the homes of Aylesbury Vale residents who have still not returned their electoral registration forms. Canvassers working on behalf of Aylesbury Vale District Council will be going door to door to co...

Over the next few weeks canvassers will call at the homes of Aylesbury Vale residents who have still not returned their electoral registration forms.

Canvassers working on behalf of Aylesbury Vale District Council will be going door to door to collect outstanding forms.

Nearly 69,000 electoral registration forms were sent out to homes in August in the annual canvass for electors in Aylesbury Vale. The forms, which ensure those entitled to vote in local and national elections are registered to do so, have to be completed by law and failure to do so could result in court action.

People who are prosecuted and found guilty of not returning their electoral registration form face a fine of up to £1,000.

The electoral register is also used by banks, building societies and other financial organisations that carry out credit checks, so being registered helps when opening a bank account, getting a mortgage or applying for credit to buy a car or mobile phone.

Residents have until 9 November to check and return their forms. The information received will be used for all parliamentary and council elections held after 3 December 2007.

Councillor John Cartwright, Leader of the Council, said: “We don’t want anyone to miss out on their chance to vote, so our house to house canvassers will be calling on those who haven’t completed and returned their forms. A few minutes is all it takes to secure your right to vote in any upcoming local or national elections. If there are no changes to the information on the form, residents can respond by telephone or via the internet instead of waiting for a canvasser to call, which obviously saves time and cuts the cost of the canvass to council tax payers.”

AVDC’s house to house canvassers will start making visits on 12 October, continuing until 9 November. The canvassers will have a supply of forms, for anyone who has lost theirs, which can be filled out when the canvasser calls.

Each canvasser will have identification which should be checked carefully by householders. Anyone who has any doubts about the validity of the caller should ring the district council to check the canvasser is genuine – contact 01296 585807.

Contact information

Telephone:

01296 585099

Email:

communications@aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk