Make sure you fill out the voter registration form coming through your door
The annual voter registration canvass starts in August, and residents in Lanarkshire are asked to ensure that they complete the Household Enquiry Forms (HEF) sent to each household over the next couple of weeks.
Residents will need to complete the form issued to them and return it as soon as possible to ensure that they will remain on the electoral register and are able to vote in any future elections.
When households receive the form, it is essential residents check that their details are correct, amend these details where necessary and send the form back.
Households are encouraged to use a freephone, internet or text message service if their details have not changed, or the online facility where there are changes.
The use of these services not only makes confirming details easier, it also saves on council money compared to the costs of returning the paper form through the post.
This year’s canvass is also looking to capture the details of young persons who will be 16 by the date of poll (May 5, 2016) in order that they may be registered to vote in the upcoming Scottish Parliamentary elections.
Residents are also being reminded that credit reference agencies use the electoral register as a check when assessing credit applications. Therefore if people are not on the register, their ability to access credit may be affected.
Please note that a fine up to £1000 may be imposed for failing to supply the information.
Residents are advised that if they have any queries with the form, they should contact the Lanarkshire Electoral Registration office on freephone 0800 030 4333.