Wyre Forest District Council’s canvassers are out visiting households that haven’t yet returned their electoral registration forms.
At the start of August, the authority sent 46,000 letters to all households in the district, asking residents to check and confirm details that appear on the electoral register. Since then the Council has sent reminder letters to more than 27,000 addresses across the district.
So far more than 36,000 households have responded and confirmed who will be eligible to vote, but there are still around 10,000 – representing about 1 in every 4 homes - that have not yet replied.
Ian Miller, Electoral Registration Officer, said:
“I appreciate that the majority of our residents have responded but there is a minority who haven’t and they run the risk of losing their right to vote. Our canvassers have been visiting the homes of people who haven’t responded and are helping them complete the form. It is now time for the minority of people who haven’t already replied to play their part in ensuring that the electoral register for Wyre Forest is as complete as possible.
It’s important that we receive your form to ensure you are on the electoral register. 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.”
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.
Local District and Parish Council elections and Police and Crime Commissioner elections are taking place in May 2016. This will also include elections for Kidderminster Town Council, which is currently being created.
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.