Residents across West Berkshire are being encouraged to complete their Household Enquiry Forms before time runs out to be added to the electoral register.
The household canvass takes place every year between September to December and is used to check whether voter registration records are correct. We have had a good rate of response back on the forms, but there are still some outstanding. A reminder is being sent out this week to nearly 15,000 households across West Berkshire that haven’t returned their Household Enquiry Forms.
It is really quick to do as the form lists the current eligible voters in the household and asks you to check and update the details. If details are incorrect, the steps you need to take are fully explained on the form.
It is important to confirm the details on the form as it can affect an individual’s right to vote but more importantly a response is required by law.
Responding to the Household Enquiry Form can be done using a variety of methods, including posting the form back in the pre-paid envelope, online, over the phone or via text. Details of how to use these methods can be found on the form.
There are other advantages to being on the Electoral Register as it can affect an individual’s credit rating; if you are not on the register of electors, it may have an affect on your credit rating which can lead to difficulties when applying for mortgages, loans, credit cards or even a mobile phone contract.
Nick Carter, Chief Executive at West Berkshire Council – who is also the Electoral Registration Officer – said: “Most people have already returned their forms but there are still some outstanding. This year there has been a big increase in people confirming the information online which is often quicker and easier for respondents and cheaper for the council. For those people who don’t want to go digital there are other options. Whichever way you chose to take part, it’s important that you take part now so you don’t miss out later.”
Have you registered to vote? With the general election taking place on 12 December, it is important to note you need register to vote in the UK Parliamentary general election by 26 November.
Further information about your right to vote can be found at www.aboutmyvote.co.uk.