Reminder to make sure you’re registered to vote
Residents in the Wakefield district are being reminded to make sure that they are registered to vote.
The Council, as required by law, sends forms to all residential properties every year - to which every household must respond - to ensure its records are up to date before the next elections.
The next elections are scheduled for Thursday, 7 May 2020 and this is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they can take part. Next year's elections will be those to elect local councillors and to choose the next Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Yorkshire area.
You may also be able to use the automated telephone service if no changes are needed - details are on the form - or simply sign and return the form in the pre-paid envelope.
Merran McRae, Electoral Registration Officer at Wakefield Council, said: "It's important that residents respond as soon as possible to the letter so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in our area. To make sure you are able to have your say at elections taking place next year simply check the form when it arrives and respond as soon as possible.
"Those that don't respond will be sent a reminder letter 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."
Every household in the district needs to respond, even if there has been no change in their circumstances. If any 16 or 17-year-olds live at your address, it is important to include them on the form, as they will be eligible to vote as soon as they turn 18.
If details are not up to date on the electoral register, it may also lead to problems obtaining credit or opening bank accounts as credit reference companies rely on the register for background information. Registering to vote can help your credit score.
Householders that have not received a letter, or any person who requires support, can call the Council's Electoral Services team on 01924 305023 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also visit the team in their ground floor offices in County Hall, Wakefield if you would like to deliver your form in person or to ask someone to help you with your form.
Further information about registration and voting can be found at www.wakefield.gov.uk/elections or visit www.yourvotematters.co.uk.