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'Check your details' plea as annual canvass begins

Residents in Fenland will be getting voter registration forms through the post as part of the annual canvass of the district.

Annual Canvass

Canvassers are hand-delivering forms to all households to ensure Fenland District Council's current Electoral Register is up-to-date so that everyone who is entitled to vote can do so.

The forms, which should be received by around August 10, ask residents if there are any changes regarding who is eligible to vote in that property.

Making sure you are registered means you have the right to vote at elections and being registered could also improve your credit rating.

Whether you choose to use your vote or not is a personal choice, but if you don't respond to the annual canvass request or provide false information on the form you may be liable to a fine of £1,000.

Joanne Anderson, the council's elections team leader, said:"As this is an annual canvass all properties need to respond, even if they have recently registered or voted.

"Please do not assume that because you were registered last year that your name will automatically be included in this year's Electoral Register. Being on the Council Tax register does not automatically mean you're on the register of electors."

Councillor Chris Seaton, Fenland District Council's Portfolio Holder for Finance with responsibility for Corporate Governance, added: "People should look out for the form and respond as soon as possible. It's really important that they check all the details we hold are accurate and up to date, so we can make sure everyone who is entitled to vote is able to do so."

Residents who have changed address in the past year are particularly likely to need to register at their new address.

Registering online is quick and easy using the instructions on the form, and helps ensure the council receives the information in a timely way. You can also respond by post.

For more information, email elections@fenland.gov.uk or call 01354 654321.

Article added: July 18, 2017