Register of Elector forms have been delivered to over 37,000 households during the last few weeks and give details of the eligible electors in the district. These are a combination of Household Enquiry Forms (HEFs) and Individual Registration Forms (ITRs) which need to be returned.
To help residents return the forms, canvassers working on behalf of East Cambridgeshire District Council will be knocking on some people's door during October to ask for completed forms, which have not yet been returned. The canvassers will have a copy of the form that is required to be completed and this can be filled out when the canvassers call. Each canvasser will have identification with them, so residents should check this carefully. Anyone who has doubts about the caller should ring the Council to check the canvasser's details.
Canvassers will be working until the end of October and residents should complete the forms as soon as possible, but no later than 18 November 2016 to be included in the new register published on 1 December 2016. If they do not make the deadline there is a danger that their details will not go on future registers. This may mean that people will lose their chance to vote and could affect people's credit applications.
Joan Cox, Electoral Services Officer at East Cambridgeshire District Council said "The annual canvass allows the Council to update its electoral register, so that anyone eligible to vote in local, national or European elections can do so. The vast majority of our residents are quite happy to check the forms they receive and return them to us, as it only takes a few minutes. We do not wish people to lose their chance to vote, or have difficulty with obtaining credit, because they are not on the register. People still have time to get their forms back to us and I would urge them to do so."
For further information about the registration forms please contact East Cambridgeshire District Council on 01353 665555.