Households in Eden District are receiving their annual canvass of electors from the District Council during June.
The annual canvass checks all the entries in the Electoral Register to see if they are correct. To do this every home in the District is sent a canvass form, with the names of the people who are listed as being eligible to vote at a property especially as the elections for the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria is taking place in November 2012.
The Annual Canvass runs from June to October. All councils are required by law to contact every residential property in their area to obtain the details of all residents who are eligible to vote in the UK.
It is a legal requirement for each property that has been sent a form to respond and provide the information requested. The information gathered allows councils to produce a revised register of electors and this register will be used for any elections that may take place in 2012.
If you do not respond to the first canvass registration form, then a canvasser will visit your property to obtain the required information.
Completing the canvass form
If the details that are pre-printed on your form are correct, you must still reply in order to remain on the electoral register. The correct information can be confirmed in one of four ways:
Using the free automated telephone response service - 0808 284 1463
Via the internet – www.elecreg.co.uk/edc (enter this address in URL bar)
Via SMS text – 07786 209 363
By signing and dating the form and returning it to Eden District Council in the prepaid envelope provided.
What if the details on the canvass form are incorrect?
If the details need to be updated amend the form as necessary then return it promptly in the prepaid envelope provided. Failure to do so will result in you receiving further correspondence from the Electoral Registration Officer.
If you don’t respond to your Annual Registration Form you will:
Not appear on the list of people allowed to vote.
Not be on the list given to credit reference agencies, which may damage your ability to obtain credit, open bank accounts, prove your identity, and access services.
Be sent a reminder, and if this is not responded to, the Council is required by law to visit your property in person to confirm the current details.
Face a potential fine of up to £1,000, as it is an offence to refuse to register or to intentionally give false information.
For more information about the Annual Election Canvass contact Eden District Council’s Elections Services telephone: 01768 817817 or Email: email@example.com
Notes to Editors:
For more information contact Eden District Council’s Communication Officer tel: 01768 212137.