Residents reminded to complete their register of electors form
Release date: 21 September 2015
Residents in Cotswold District are being reminded to return their register of electors form as soon as possible. Reminders are being sent this week to householders who have not returned their form to ensure that the Council can receive the most up-to-date details for the new register of electors.
Every household in the District should have received a household enquiry form from the Council’s Electoral Services team at the beginning of September. The information is used to compile a new register of electors which will be published on 1 December.
Residents who have not yet returned their forms are being reminded that they are required by law to do this. The Register is also often used by credit checking agencies and can be required when applying for a loan, mortgage or even a mobile phone contract. Other pitfalls of not being on the Register include not being eligible to apply for certain jobs which require security checks and not being able to open a bank account.
Sarah Dalby, the Electoral Services Manager at CDC, says:
“The aim of the form is to ensure that the electoral register is up to date and to identify any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so. People have still got time to return the form and it’s very simple to complete. All you have to do is check that the details are accurate and update it with the details of everyone aged 16 and over living in your household who is eligible to vote.
“It’s worth mentioning that the Council, and therefore council tax payers, is having to spend almost £8,000 to send out these reminders – money that could be spent on other services.”
You can confirm or update the information online or by returning the form by post. When you receive your form, follow the printed instructions to update the details.
If you have lost your form, or for more information, help or advice, please contact the Council’s election team on 01285 623002