Stockport residents are being encouraged to return their Household Enquiry Forms and ensure they do not lose their right to vote.
Over 63,000 people have already returned their form but there are still some residents who have not yet acted. This means they could lose their right to vote in any elections next year, including the local elections in May 2017.
To make it even quicker and easier to register to vote residents now have the choice of registering online, by phone or via text massage, meaning they can do it whenever and wherever is convenient for them:
Phone: 0800197 9871
Text: 800 197 9871
Laureen Donnan, Stockport Council’s Deputy Chief Executive and Electoral Registration Officer, said: “Thank you to those residents who have already registered to vote. We would like to make sure everyone in Stockport who is eligible to vote is able to do so, which is why it is so important to register.
“The process of registering to vote is now much easier as there is so many more options available than post or phone. Residents can now register via text, online or via text message meaning you can do this whether you are on the move, or at home.”
Initial forms were posted to homes across the borough in July, and reminders will be issued at the end of the month. Householders must return the Household Enquiry Form even if there has been no change to their details since last year.
Residents who fail to respond, will not only be ineligible to vote, but it may affect their credit rating as the register of electors is also used by Credit Reference companies to check residence before they can receive a mortgage, open a bank account or start a mobile phone contract. People could also be fined up to £1,000 for refusing to return the form.
For more information visit www.stockport.gov.uk/registertovote
People who haven’t received a form should contact the Council’s dedicated elections line on 0161 217 6026.