Make sure you fill out the voter reg­is­tra­tion form com­ing through your door

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

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.

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