Form drop begins for annual canvass

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Forms will start landing on the doorsteps of 40,309 properties in South Northamptonshire from this week as the electoral registration canvass gets under way.

South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) is writing to every household in the area asking eligible voters to confirm or update their details on the electoral register.

Residents can confirm their details by using the designated text and phone numbers, by going online or by returning the signed document using the enclosed self-addressed envelope.

Yvonne Rees, returning officer for SNC, said: “Updating your electoral register details can be done in a matter of minutes, probably the time it would take you to make a cup of tea!

The forms will be posted from Tuesday, 29 August to every property in the district. Residents of new build homes may find they do not receive the information automatically and will therefore need to manually request the forms by contacting SNC directly.

The forms will list the eligible voters in the household. If the information is correct then residents need only confirm this. If any information has changed, residents will need to remove or update the details on the document and return it to the council in the self-addressed envelope which is enclosed. It is a legal requirement for residents to respond.

Anyone who has not received a form by Thursday, 7 September should contact SNC by emailing elections@cherwellandsouthnorthants.gov.uk or by calling 01327 322128 to request a form to be sent out manually.

If nothing has changed you can confirm this by telephone via 0800 197 9871, text message to 80212 or online at Household response. Your form will have a security code printed on it unique to your address; you will need to input this code so that we update the correct property.

Forms were sent out in late August 2017 and any household which has not responded to the initial form by Sunday, 17 September will receive a reminder.

If you add new people to your property when you respond to the initial form, they will receive a form addressed specifically to them which asks for their National Insurance number and date of birth. This is the second part of the registration process, and this form must be returned to complete the registration.

Alternatively you can complete an online registration by visiting register to vote.