From Thursday 15th October 2015 canvassers will be calling at homes across the Aylesbury Vale to encourage people to make sure they are registered to vote.
Over the past three months thousands of letters have been sent out by Aylesbury Vale District Council asking residents to check if their correct information appears on the electoral register. Lots of people have responded to Aylesbury Vale District Council’s annual voter registration canvass but around 73% still need to fill in their household enquiry forms.
The voter registration form is used to ensure that the electoral register is up to date and to identify any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so.
Chris Sheard, Electoral Services Manager, 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.’
The information from the register of electors is also used by credit reference agencies to update their records meaning that it can be much harder to obtain credit if you are not on the electoral register.
Details on the forms should be checked carefully. If nothing has changed, confirm of details can be done online, by phone or text message. Households should refer to their household enquiry form for contact details.
New household details can also be added online. Alternatively the form can be updated with the names and nationalities of individuals eligible to vote at the property, signed and returned to AVDC.
New electors must also register individually either online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or by filling in and returning a voter registration form before their registration is complete.