Canvassers visiting households to collect information for the Electoral Register
Canvassers from Wakefield Council are visiting households in the district to speak to residents who so far haven’t responded to requests for information to make sure they are registered to vote.
Individual Electoral Registration was introduced in 2014 and now every person is responsible for ensuring they are registered correctly.
Residents also need to respond to a Household Enquiry form to let the Council know the names of everyone who is eligible to register. This will allow officers to check who is registered and contact those people who need to provide further information to register individually.
Each household was asked for this information in the summer. But not all households have responded, so canvassers are now visiting homes to collect the information.
Some people may have registered individually, but the Council still needs information about the household as a whole.
Joanne Roney, Electoral Registration Officer and Chief Executive at Wakefield Council, said: “It is very important that residents provide the correct information to ensure they are registered to vote.
“This will mean they don’t miss out on the opportunity to vote in the next elections taking place in May 2016.”
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, linking their personal details with their national insurance number.
The next Council and Police and Crime Commissioner elections will be held on May 5 2016.