Norwich City Council residents are being encouraged to check the post for an important form to make sure they can vote in future elections.
The Household Enquiry 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.
With a local election, as well as the police and crime commissioner election taking place in the city next May, this is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they can take part.
Stuart Guthrie, democratic and elections manager at Norwich City Council said:
“It's a legal requirement to respond to the Household Enquiry Form, plus it only takes a few minutes so please do so to avoid receiving a reminder. Being on the electoral register can also help with getting credit, opening a bank account and confirming your ID – all more reasons to respond!
“If you’re not currently registered, your name won’t appear on the form. If you want to register, the easiest way is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote, or we’ll send you information explaining how to do this in the post. In any case, you will still need to complete the form and send it back to us.”
Residents who have moved address recently are particularly encouraged to keep an eye out for the form and check the details. Research by the independent Electoral Commission indicates that recent home movers are far less likely to be registered than those that have lived at the same address for a long time. Across Great Britain, 94% of people who have been at their property for more than sixteen years will be registered, compared to 40% of people who have lived at an address for less than one year.