Wakefield Council urges people to make sure they have a voice

Date: 02/08/2016
Ref: PR 8306

Wakefield Council is urging residents to respond to letters to make sure that they are on the electoral register and keep their vote.

All householders in the district will receive a letter this week. This letter requires a response, either online or by telephone, to make sure they are registered.

The letter will detail all of the residents in the property who are currently registered to vote. Householders must respond to the letter to either confirm that the information held is correct, or to update the details if required.

This information will be used to produce the 2017 electoral register, which will be published on December 1 2016.

Joanne Roney OBE, Wakefield Council's Chief Executive, said: "It is quick and easy to confirm your electoral roll details and make sure your details are correct on the electoral register. Every household needs to respond, even if you were registered to vote in the recent referendum.

"The Freephone line and online system are completely secure and simple to use. Please make sure you respond to the letter otherwise you will be sent a reminder, which is costly to the Council.

"If you are not registered you will not be able to vote. It may also lead to problems obtaining credit or opening bank accounts as credit reference companies rely on the register for background information."

The letter will contain a unique security code and password which is needed when residents go online or call the Freephone number.

Residents can opt to have their details excluded from the 'Open Register', meaning that the information cannot be used for direct marketing.

Householders who do not receive a letter, or require any other support, can call the Council's electoral services team, on 01924 305023 or email elections@wakefield.gov.uk  

Further information about registration and voting can be found at www.wakefield.gov.uk/elections