Posted on Thursday 24 August 2017
Residents are being given another chance to make sure they are on the borough’s electoral register.
From tomorrow - Friday, August 25 - until Sunday, September 17, canvassers will be calling at nearly 40,000 households where electoral registration forms have not been returned.
Since the beginning of July the council has been canvassing households to check that the details held on the electoral register are correct. Over 90,000 homes were sent household enquiry forms to complete and to date more than 50,000 forms have been returned.
The form ensures that the council can keep the electoral register up to date and identify any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so.
The canvassers will ask people to confirm that the household information is correct. Any new electors identified in the canvas who are not yet registered to vote will be asked to provide additional information including their date of birth and national insurance number.
Gateshead’s Electoral Registration Officer, Sheena Ramsey said:
“Residents have a legal duty to register to vote and it’s important that the electoral register is as accurate as possible.
“Next year there are elections for the council and anyone not registered will not be able to vote, so this is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they will be able to take part.”
Canvassers will carry official Gateshead Council ID. They will be calling at homes every day of the week, but they will not call first thing in the morning or late at night.
If you’re not currently registered, your name will not appear on the household enquiry form. There are a number of ways residents can make sure they can vote in next year’s council-wide elections:
Form: Complete the registration form with the canvasser on the doorstep
Go online at: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
Ring the helpline: 0191 433 7001