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Do not miss the vote

Archived press release

Date Published: 02/10/07

Residents across Aylesbury Vale who have not yet returned their electoral registration forms are being reminded to respond and not lose their chance to vote. Aylesbury Vale District Council has sent out reminders to all households who have not ye...

Residents across Aylesbury Vale who have not yet returned their electoral registration forms are being reminded to respond and not lose their chance to vote.

Aylesbury Vale District Council has sent out reminders to all households who have not yet returned the forms, which were delivered across the district in August.

Those residents who fail to respond not only miss out on a chance to vote at elections or referendums, they could also face hefty penalties. Failure to provide the information requested is an offence, for which a fine of up to £1,000 can be imposed.

A further penalty could well be the refusal of credit, since the electoral register is used as part of the checking process on people who apply for loans, credit cards and the like.

Residents must renew their registration every year to be certain of being able to vote in local council, national and European Parliamentary elections. All British, other Commonwealth and European Union member state citizens can register to vote.

Those 16 and 17 year olds who will be 18 before 30 November 2008 should also register giving their date of birth so that they can vote as soon as they are 18.

Councillor John Cartwright, Leader of the Council, said: “The council is obliged, by law, to ask all residents to register to vote. We don’t want people to lose their vote, or face a fine, so we would urge everyone to register their household’s details. With the possibility of an early general election, it is even more important to make sure that you return your forms so that you can vote.”
 
If the names pre-printed on the registration form are correct, householders can register online or over the telephone; so far, more than 23,000 households have registered this way. If there are any changes to the information printed on the form, householders will need to correct it and post the form to the electoral services office as soon as possible, using the rely-paid envelope provided.

For those people who have not yet returned their form, canvassers will be sent to their homes, from 12 October, to collect the information.

Electors can also request a postal vote application on the forms being posted out to them and during telephone and internet registration. The new register of electors is published on 3 December.

For further information or assistance call the electoral services telephone helpline on 01296 585807 or visit the council’s website at www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/elections

 

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