South Northamptonshire Council
Date: 26 October 2017
For Immediate Release
Voter registration continues with doorstep campaign
A four week campaign from Friday, 27 October until Monday, 27 November will see electoral canvassers employed by South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) visit the homes of 10,160 non-responding properties, to help them confirm or update their details on the electoral register.
Canvassers will be knocking on doors between 9am and 8pm and will be identifiable by high visibility jackets and photographic identification containing the SNC logo.
The campaign forms part of the national electoral registration canvass which requires all voters to provide up to date details for the electoral register on an annual basis.
Yvonne Rees, Electoral Registration Officer for SNC, said: “I appreciate that we are all busy, so updating your electoral register details can be easily forgotten.
“But we’re here to help, so if you haven’t already done so you are likely to receive a visit from one of our friendly officers who can assist.
“We don’t want people to miss out on their chance to vote, plus it can have a positive impact on your credit rating, so by taking a few minutes to make sure your details are correct you are gaining in more ways than one.”
The electoral register is used to perform credit checks for applications including mortgages, mobile phone contracts and loans or credit cards. It is also used for jury service selection.
Forms were sent to all households in August asking people to confirm or update their details using the designated text or telephone numbers, by going online or returning the signed form using the enclosed self-enclosed envelope.
Those who failed to respond were then sent reminder forms at the beginning of October and anyone who still has outstanding information will be visited by an electoral canvasser.
Residents of new build properties whose address has yet to be automatically registered will need to submit their details online at www.householdresponse.com/cherwellandsouthnorthants or by calling SNC on 01327 322128.
Although it is not a legal requirement to vote, people are legally obligated to update their details on the electoral register. Failure to do so could result in a fine of £1,000.
To register online visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote