Electoral canvassers to visit households in the district

​Date: 26/10/2016
Ref: PR 8382

Canvassers from Wakefield Council are visiting households who have not responded to requests for information to register to vote.

Letters and reminders have been sent to all households in the district, which detail all of the residents in the property who are currently registered to vote. Householders have been asked to respond to either confirm that the information held is correct, or to update the details if required.

From Monday 31 October to 13 November, canvassers will be visiting households that have not responded and people who need to provide further information.

The canvasser will complete the form with residents on their doorstep, or deliver the form if no one is at home.

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: "These visits will be your last opportunity to make sure you are on the electoral register and your details are correct.

"It is really important that everyone eligible is registered to vote because banks, building societies and loan companies use the register to verify the address of applicants. So as well as not being able to vote, you may have difficulty opening a bank account or getting a loan.

"So please co-operate with our canvassers, fill in your registration form or contact our elections team for advice."

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

If a response has already been competed but their circumstances have now changed, householders are asked to contact Electoral Services on 01924 305023 or email elections@wakefield.gov.uk to update their details.

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

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