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Electoral Registration

Annual Canvass 2018 – Electoral Register

Keeping the electoral register up-to-date

To ensure we hold the correct details on our electoral register we undertake an annual canvass of all households in the district each year.

From the beginning of August Household Enquiry Forms will be delivered to all households asking you to check whether the information that appears on the electoral register for those living at your address is correct.

It is a legal requirement for the owner or occupier to provide the information requested. If you do not respond you could be fined £1000.

By responding promptly you will help us save money, as if you do not respond we are required to send you a reminder form and undertake personal visits to obtain the information.

If you do not receive a form or require help completing any of the forms you receive from us please contact the Electoral Services team on: 

What you need to do

When you receive the form, please read carefully and respond as soon as you can. Every household MUST respond even if there are no changes to the information.

We also need to know the details of any 16 or 17 year olds living at your address as they are eligible to register (but will not be able to vote until they are 18).

The Annual Canvass Form (Household Enquiry Form) is not a registration form, but using the information provided we will send a separate individual registration form to all the people in your household who are eligible and not already registered. 

No Changes

Where there are no changes you can use any of the four options available:

  • Respond online – www.householdresponse.com/threerivers
  • By post – using the freepost envelope enclosed with your form
  • By text – 80212 Please note you will be charged for this service
  • By phone – To confirm No Changes call: 0800 197 9871 

Changes

Where there are changes you can only use one of the following two options available:

  • Respond online – www.householdresponse.com/threerivers
  • By post – using the freepost envelope enclosed with your form 

You will need the security codes on your household form to complete the process. 

Do not assume that because you were registered last year that your name will be automatically included in this year’s register. Also, being on the Council Tax Register does not automatically mean that you are on the Register of Electors. The two registers contain different information.

Registering to vote means you have the right to vote in elections and can also improve your credit rating.

It is particularly important that anyone who has moved address recently looks out for the form and checks if they are registered.

You are legally obliged to provide your information for the electoral register. If you don’t, you may be removed from the register. If you knowingly provide false information you may incur a fine and six months in prison.

Online Registration

As part of the new system of Individual Electoral Registration, it is now possible to register online. This method is quicker, easier and more secure than the traditional paper forms. Click the following link to take you to the website. It is advisable to have your National Insurance number handy before you begin.electoralregistration1autumn2016.jpg

www.yourvotematters.co.uk

If you would prefer to submit a paper Voter Registration Form, they can be printed and sent to us. Alternatively contact our Customer Service Centre on 01923 776611 who will be able to send you one.

Voter Registration Form (pdf)

The Full and Open Registers

There are two versions of the Register. The Full Register which lists everyone who is entitled to vote is only available to certain people and organisations for specified purposes. The Open Register is available for purchase by anyone who requests it to use for any purpose. You can choose whether or not you wish your name to appear on the Open Register.

To check that you are on the Full Register, or to remove yourself from the Open Register if you have not already done so, telephone the Customer Service Centre on 01923 776611 or email enquiries@threerivers.gov.uk

Why register?

If you are not on the Register you will not be able to vote. The Register can also be used to confirm your address if you apply for a mortgage or other forms of credit.

Methods of voting

You can vote:

  • in person at a polling station
  • by post
  • by proxy. This means someone else votes at your polling station for you.  

If you would like any help or advice on these methods of voting, or to request applications be sent to you, please telephone 01923 776611 or e-mail enquiries@threerivers.gov.uk

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