Warn­ing over reg­is­ter data

Rutherglen Reformer - - Out And About - Staff re­porter

Res­i­dents in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang are be­ing urged to en­sure they are on the elec­toral reg­is­ter.

Young people who will be aged 16 by Novem­ber 30, 2018, are also be­ing re­minded to check they are in­cluded.

With the an­nual voter reg­is­tra­tion can­vass now un­der­way, a house­hold en­quiry form (HEF) is go­ing out to all house­holds in the towns.

To re­main on the elec­toral reg­is­ter and to be able to vote in any fu­ture elec­tions, res­i­dents should com­plete this form and re­turn it as soon as pos­si­ble.

Re­turns can be made in a va­ri­ety of ways in­clud­ing via a freep­hone or text ser­vice where de­tails on the form have not changed. There is also an on­line op­tion where changes can be made.

Elec­toral reg­is­tra­tion of­fi­cer, Gary Ben­nett, said: “The use of a range of ser­vices makes con­firm­ing de­tails easy and saves the coun­cil money com­pared to the costs of re­turn­ing the pa­per form through the post. How­ever, if the forms are not re­turned a re­minder will be sent, and if in­for­ma­tion is not re­ceived at that stage, a can­vasser will have to visit the prop­erty.

“A fine up to £,1000 may ul­ti­mately be im­posed for fail­ing to sup­ply the in­for­ma­tion.

“House­hold­ers should also re­mem­ber that credit ref­er­ence agen­cies also 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.”

●Any­one with queries about the form can con­tact the La­nark­shire Elec­toral Reg­is­tra­tion of­fice on 0800 030 4333.

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