People are being urged to register to make sure they have their vote in the May elections.
There will be parliamentary, district and parish elections on May 7. Letters are going out to 62,000 households across the district from Friday, January 30, informing people if they are registered - and if not encouraging them to visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote to register online.
Under a new government system - Individual Electoral Registration – it is now up to the individual to register their details and check they are correct. Previously one person could register the whole household.
Beverly Agass, returning officer, said: “The good news is the vast majority of our residents have registered but there are still a number who have yet to register.
“With the elections due in just a few months, time is running out particularly for those who have recently moved or will be 18 by May 7. To register you will simply be asked to provide your date of birth and National Insurance number in addition to the usual details of name, address, previous address and nationality.
“This is particularly important for those who want to vote by post as they will be unable to apply for a postal vote if their details have not been verified.”
If you don’t think you’re registered, register your details online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
The registration deadline for the elections on May 7 is April 20. Registering online is quick and easy
Go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote to register online.
Or call the elections team on 01476 40 60 80 if you need more information or want to check if you are registered or email firstname.lastname@example.org