Households will be receiving letters from next week to make sure the electoral register in Stafford Borough is up to date.
You must be on the register to vote in local and national polls – with elections for Staffordshire County Council and the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner expected to take place next May. But not being on the register also affects a person’s credit rating which can lead to issues when buying a house or taking out a phone contract, for example.
Letters asking residents to check whether information that appears on the electoral register for those living at their address is correct will be sent out from Monday (27 July.)
Thousands of people have already responded to the annual canvass having received an email earlier this month – the first time the authority has been allowed to collect the information in this way, following a change in national regulations.
The emails were sent to around 15,000 people who had previously supplied their addresses to the Elections Office, in a move the council say will speed up the process and save taxpayers money.
Those who have not responded to the email will also be sent a letter.
The canvass also helps identify any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so. Anyone needing to change details can do it online or contact the borough council.
Residents who have moved home in the last 12 months will need to be registered at their new address.
Press Release No 5660