Residents who have still not replied to a letter about registering to vote can expect a knock on their door from one of Wyre Forest District Council’s canvassers.
At the end of July, the authority sent letters to all households in the district, asking residents to check and confirm the details that appear on the electoral register. Since then the council has sent reminder letters to more than 18,000 households which had not responded. Some households have been written to twice. There are still around 9,500 (20%) households which have not replied and will be getting a knock on their door.
Ian Miller, Electoral Registration Officer, said:
“We’ve been urging people to respond as soon as possible and get on the electoral register. Anyone who wants to vote and have their say in elections must be registered. Residents are required by law to respond and register every year and they can face the risk of being fined up to £1,000 if they don’t.”
“Our canvassers will be visiting the homes of people who haven’t responded from Friday. If they do come to your home, they will show identification and will be happy to help you complete the form.”
Credit reference agencies also use information from the register of electors to update their records. This means it can be much harder to obtain credit if you are not on the electoral register.
Wyre Forest District Council and Parish Council elections will be held in May 2019.
Anyone who needs help to complete the form should contact 01562 732928 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional information is available on www.wyreforestdc.gov.uk/elections.