Wakefield Council asks residents to check they're registered to vote

28/08/2018, PR8867

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Residents in the Wakefield district will soon be receiving letters to make sure that they are registered to vote.

Letters are being sent to all households from Friday 31 August to ensure that their details are accurate on the 2019 electoral register, which will be published on 1 December 2018.

The letters are to check who lives in each property, to make sure that everyone is registered to vote. Every household in the district needs to respond, even if there has been no change in their circumstances. It is important to include 16 and 17 year olds on the form, as they will be eligible to vote as soon as they turn 18.

When residents receive their form they will be able to respond quickly and easily online at
www.hef-response.co.uk. Alternatively they can telephone or return the form by post.

Merran McRae

Merran McRae, Wakefield Council’s Electoral Registration Officer, said: “With local district and parish council elections taking place next May, it’s important to make sure you are registered to vote. It only takes a few minutes to check and update the details for the whole household online.

“If your details are not up to date it may also lead to problems obtaining credit or opening bank accounts as credit reference companies rely on the register for background information.

“Those that don’t respond will be sent a reminder letter next month which is costly, so please help the Council save money by responding early. If you need any support to fill in your form please contact our electoral services team who will be happy to help.”

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 by Monday 10 September, or any person who requires 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

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