Residents in Calderdale are being reminded to register to vote, to ensure their voice is heard at election time.
Calderdale Council is carrying out its annual canvass of electors and currently has Electoral Canvassers out and about encouraging those who haven’t yet registered to do so. Even if you’ve been registered in the past you could be taken off the electoral register if you don’t respond during the canvass.
Being on the register means you get to have a say in who represents you at election time. Companies also use the electoral register to check applications for credit – which means people not registered may be refused loans, mobile phone contracts and other forms of credit.
Online registration will take you less time than it takes to make a cup of tea. Visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote(external link)
If you don’t have internet access you can apply by calling 01422 393103 or simply complete and return the form we’ve already sent to you – but whichever way you choose to register, you need your national insurance number to hand.
Merran McRae, Calderdale Council’s Chief Executive and local Returning Officer at the elections, said:
“Registering to vote is quick and easy, either online, over the phone or by completing the form that will have been sent to your home. It doesn’t matter how you register, but it’s important that you do, to ensure you can have your say at election time.
“The register is published on Tuesday 1 December, so make sure you register your vote now – don’t wait until it’s too late.”
For further information contact Electoral Services, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01422 393103.