The annual canvass is here!

Published Monday, 20 July 2015

East Northamptonshire residents will start receiving their annual electoral registration canvass forms from Friday, 31 July 2015.

East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) will send a letter, known as a Household Enquiry Form (HEF), to every home in the district. The letter will be addressed to the occupier and will contain the details of all those in the household who are registered to vote.

Residents are being asked to confirm the details of those living at that address are correct. Anyone in the household can respond.

If the details are correct, there are four ways to confirm this. The easiest way to let the council know is by text, online or telephone. There is also the option to post the form back.

If the details on the form are wrong, for example, someone has moved away or moved in, you can go online to let ENC know the changes.

The HEF is vital for local authorities to keep their electoral registers up-to-date. Not being registered can affect applications for loans, mortgages and even mobile phone contracts. You will also lose the right to have your say at the ballot box.

This information requested is required by law. Not responding or providing false information on the form can result in a £1000 fine.

Residents who do not reply by the end of August will be sent a reminder, then another at the end of September. If a reply has still not been received by this time, a canvasser will visit you to collect the information on your doorstep.

Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council said: "The annual canvass is an essential part of local democracy and we urge residents not to ignore the letter when it comes through their door. The elections team will once again be working hard to ensure our residents’ details are current."

For more information about the electoral register visit the gov.uk website.

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