Date: 23 March 2016
Countdown is on until voter registration deadline
Residents who are not already included on the voters register have less than a month left to apply for their details to be added ahead of this year’s election or they could lose their right to vote on polling day.
The deadline to register is 18 April.
This year there will be a Police and Crime Commissioner election taking place in South Northamptonshire on 5 May.
Sue Smith, Returning Officer for South Northamptonshire, said: “If people want to vote in any of this year’s elections then it is vitally important that they ensure their details are up-to-date on the electoral register.
"Anyone who has had a change in circumstances since the 2015 elections, such as moving house or name change through marriage or divorce, will need to ensure they have updated their details as this does not happen automatically.
“Aside from the right to vote, the electoral register is also used for jury selection and to perform credit checks for applications for things such as a mortgage, mobile phone and credit card. If details are not kept up-to-date this could affect individual credit ratings and cause complications in the future.”
It is a legal requirement for people to submit their details for the electoral register – even if they choose not to vote – and failure to do so is punishable by a £1,000 fine.
This year residents in South Northamptonshire will be able to vote for a new Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire Police, who will be elected for four years, to cut crime and deliver an effective and efficient police service within their force area.
There are no elections scheduled for district, town or parish councils.
To register to vote visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or call South Northamptonshire Council on 01327 322128.