Reminder to respond to information about people eligible to vote

Date: 29/09/15
Ref: PR 5070

Reminders are being sent out to households in the Wakefield district to remind residents to respond to a request for information about who in their home is eligible to vote.

Each household across the district received a form in August asking them to confirm this information.

This is part of a major change to the elections administrative system, which means that instead of registering to vote as one household, people are now required to register individually.

As part of this process of bringing in Individual Electoral Registration (IER), each household needs to respond to the form to ensure everyone can register correctly.

This is a big change in the management of the electoral register and it is vitally important that everyone responds to the information, by getting in touch with the Council's electoral team, as outlined in the letter.

Joanne Roney, Electoral Registration Officer and Chief Executive at Wakefield Council, said: "The way people register to vote has changed so it is important that everyone checks and responds to these forms as quickly as possible to retain their right to vote.

"If you haven't done so already please respond as soon as possible and enable us to manage the change efficiently."

Wakefield Council is issuing reminders this month. Residents need to check the details on the form and respond as soon as possible, even if there are no changes.

Some voters will need to register individually under the new IER system and will receive a separate form after completing the household response.

People's credit rating can be affected if they are not registered to vote and they may have problems applying for a mortgage, loan or other financial arrangement.

IER will help in preventing fraud by enabling government to verify that everyone on the register is who they say they are.

The next council and Police and Crime Commissioner elections will be held in May 2016.