Wakefield Council urges people to make sure they have a voice

​Ref: PR 8369
Date: 6/10/2016

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

Households that have not yet responded to the original request will receive a reminder letter this week. This letter requires a response, either by telephone or online, to make sure they are registered and that their information is correct.

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 1 December 2016.

Joanne Roney OBE, Wakefield Council’s Chief Executive, said: “It is quick and easy to make sure your details are correct on the electoral register. Every household needs to respond, even if you were registered to vote earlier this year.

“The Freephone line and online system are completely secure and simple to use. Please make sure you respond to the letter otherwise you will receive a visit from an electoral registration canvasser, which is costly to the Council.

“If you are not registered 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 security code and password needed to respond online. Alternatively, residents can 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 any person who requires support such as disabled people, 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  

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