Teignbridge residents urged “It’s your vote don’t lose it”
Teignbridge residents are being urged to look out for their voter registration forms which are hitting doormats this week.
Teignbridge District Council has started its annual household canvass of electors and householders are being asked to provide the details of everyone currently living at their address so they are able to vote.
This year the canvass started later this usual and the new register of electors is being published on 17 February 2014. Elections to the European Parliament will be held on 22 May 2014 so it is important to make sure the register is as up to date as possible before these elections take place.
Cllr Mike Walters, Teignbridge District Council’s Executive Spokesperson for Corporate Services, said: “It is important for residents to act quickly so we would urge them not to delay in registering. Voting gives people a voice and a say in who runs their council and its services – if you are not registered then you won’t be able to vote.
“We’re making it even easier for householders whose details haven’t changed – all they need to do is confirm this via our automated telephone service, or by logging on to our website and completing the form online. These methods are by far the easiest, quickest and cheapest way to respond.
“However, anyone who needs to register a change to their details will need to make the necessary changes and return the amended form by post, as a signature is required to authorise any alterations.”
Households are required by law to provide this information and the law means councils must follow up any of those who do not respond.
Teignbridge is encouraging residents to return the form as soon as they receive it. Any household not responding to the initial form or a further reminder will receive a visit from an electoral canvasser early in the New Year.
The details of the automated services can be found in the top right hand section of the canvass form. Residents are required to enter a unique two-part security code to access the automated services, which is also printed in this section.
The contact number for any questions or queries concerning registration matters is 01626 215104.
(from a press release)