Date: October 2015
For Immediate Release
Canvassers chase outstanding forms
Canvassers will spend the next four weeks knocking on more than 9,500 doors across South Northamptonshire to collect outstanding electoral registration forms.
In August this year South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) sent letters to all 38,712 households in the district asking people to confirm their details on the electoral register.
To date 29,168 have responded (76.5 per cent) and following the issuing of reminder letters in September, canvassers will now knock on 9,544 doors to collect the outstanding forms.
Sue Smith, Electoral Registration Officer for SNC, said: “Even if people choose not to vote, it is a legal requirement for them to keep their electoral registration details up to date and failure to do so can lead to a £1,000 fine.
"The register is used for more than just providing people with the right to vote; it is used to perform credit checks and for jury service selection. Anyone who doesn’t return their form could find themselves refused for a mortgage, mobile phone or credit card so it’s important to confirm their details and send it back to us as soon as possible.”
Between 23 October and 23 November, canvassers working on behalf of SNC will visit the outstanding properties to collect the forms and provide assistance. Staff will work between 9am and 8pm seven days a week and will be identifiable by a name badge and high visibility jacket.
If all the household information is correct, people can call 0800 1979871, text 80212 or go to www.registerbyinternet.com/cherwellsouthnorthants and input the form’s security codes to confirm their details. Alternatively residents can sign the form and return it using the pre-paid envelope provided.
For those whose information is incorrect this can be amended either by going online at www.registerbyinternet.com/cherwellsouthnorthants or making the necessary amendments on the form and returning it in the pre-paid envelope provided.
Alternatively the completed form can be handed to a canvasser when visiting residents’ properties.