Council warns that new voters could miss out if forms aren’t returned
Date Added: 16/09/2015
Central Bedfordshire Council has cautioned that thousands of would-be voters could be missing out as 37,000 households have yet to return forms which help the council to identify new people who need to be included on the electoral register.
Household enquiry reminder forms are dropping through the letterboxes of homes across Central Bedfordshire as part of this year's annual canvass which will help identify new people who need to be included on the electoral register ahead of the forthcoming referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union and the 2016 Police and Crime Commissioner election.
You can only vote in the four yearly Police and Crime Commissioner election, or any other election or referendum if your name appears in the register of electors and you are aged 18 or over on polling day. Any eligible person over the age of 16 can register to vote in forthcoming elections.
To confirm the details of the electors listed on the Household Enquiry Form you can do so 24/7 either online at www.registerbyinternet.com/centralbeds, by text on 80212 or by phone call 0800 197 6191, using the two part security code on your canvass form. Or complete, sign and return the form in the pre-paid envelope. Instructions are on the form.
The Household Enquiry form is not a registration form but still needs to be returned even if there are no changes, as soon as we receive information of potential new electors we will send an Invitation to Register form or you can register by visiting www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. As well as being your ticket to vote, being on the electoral register is important for other reasons too. Credit reference agencies use the electoral register to confirm your details, so if you're not on there you could miss out on getting loans amongst other things.
Councillor Richard Wenham, Executive Member for Corporate Resources at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: "The response so far has been positive with 68 per cent having already returned their Household Enquiry form. However, there are almost 37,000 households who have yet to complete the form.
“Being on the register of voters ensures that you have a voice at election time. Registering to vote is quick and simple, you can even do it online - it's your vote, don't lose it."
For more information about the annual canvass go to www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/canvass