Electoral canvassers to visit households in the district

16/10/2017, PR8669

Canvassers to visit residents
Canvassers to visit residents

Wakefield Council is reminding residents to register to vote ahead of the 2018 electoral register being published on 1 December.

Residents have until 27 November to update their household information, to ensure that their details are accurate in the latest register.

Canvassers from the Council will this week start visiting households who have not yet responded to requests for information to register to vote.

Merran McRae
Merran McRae

Merran McRae, Wakefield Council’s Electoral Registration Officer, said: “To vote in elections in the district, you must be registered. You will also need to register if you move house or change any other details such as your name.

“If you are not on the new register when it’s published in December, you might also be refused a loan, mobile phone contract or turned down for a bank account as credit reference companies rely on the register for background information.

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

With local elections taking place in the district next May, this is an important opportunity for residents to make sure that they are able to vote.

Residents can register online at
www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. They will need their date of birth and national insurance number to be able to register. They can also opt to have their details excluded from the ‘open register’, meaning that the information cannot be used for direct marketing.

Any person that requires support can call the Council’s electoral services team on 01924 305023 or email
elections@wakefield.gov.uk.

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