Council urges return of electoral registration forms
Archived press release
Date Published: 22/09/08
Residents who do not return their forms can expect a visit from a council-employed canvasser during October
Residents of Aylesbury Vale are being urged to return their electoral registration forms – and help save the district council money.
So far, 50,367 households out of a total of 71,166 in the district have registered their electoral details with AVDC.
Reminders will be sent out in the next few days to those households who have not returned their forms. If there are changes to the household, they should be recorded on the form, which should then be returned to the council as soon as possible.
Residents who do not return their forms can expect a visit from a council-employed canvasser during October. This is costly and can be inconvenient to residents.
If there are no changes to the pre-printed details, residents can register using the freephone or internet registration options. The freephone number and website address are printed on the form.
Alternatively, for the first time, residents can register to vote by SMS text. Instructions for text registration are also given on the form.
Using telephone, internet or text registration is not only a very secure way of updating your details, it also helps the council save money on the cost of postage.
The purpose of completing the registration form is so that an accurate register of electors can be published on 1 December and can be used for any elections next year. People not included on the register will not be allowed to vote.
Credit reference agencies, which provide information to banks, building societies and retailers, also use the electoral register when checking credit worthiness. That means people not registered will find it difficult to open a bank account or obtain a mortgage and other loans.
Residents are also reminded that they are legally required to register their details and can be prosecuted for failing to do so.
Councillor John Cartwright, Leader of the Council, said: “Around 30 per cent of households have failed to register so far this year and we now have to send out reminders to those properties. Such measures only add to the cost of the service, and this is money that could be saved if all households registered promptly.
“It is really important that people fill in these forms accurately to ensure those who are entitled to register are on it. The register is important because it not only allows people to vote, it is also used for checks by credit agencies.”
For further information or help on completing the forms, contact the electoral services team on 01296 585807 or email firstname.lastname@example.org