Are you on the electoral register?

Published: Tuesday, 01 August 2017

Northampton Borough Council is asking everyone to make sure their electoral details are up to date and promoting the benefits of taking part in the Annual Canvass.

Each year the council has a responsibility to check who is registered to vote at every property within the borough.

No one is automatically registered to vote in the UK, so anyone who wishes to take part in elections must add their details to the register.

But being able to vote is not the only benefit of making sure you register – credit-checking companies also use it for background checks for things like mortgages, loans and mobile phone contracts.

It’s incredibly easy to make sure that you are on the register. The Council will send every household a survey in the post which shows the information which is currently held for that address.

If the information is correct, you can either ring the Freephone number, send a text or respond online to confirm your details. If you use any of these methods you do not need to return the paper copy of the form as well.

If you need to update any of the details, simply complete the survey form and return it in the pre-paid envelope.

A Northampton Borough Council spokesperson said: “Even if the details we hold are correct, we still need confirmation and the easiest ways to do this are by phone, text or online.

“Of course, anyone without access to one of those methods can still return the form in the freepost envelope provided, and any single option will verify your details.

“If changes are required – say a member of your household will soon be old enough to vote - you’ll need to send your completed form back to us using the freepost envelope provided.”

For more information on the annual canvass and how to complete and return the form, visit our elections pages.