Don’t miss out on your chance to vote.
That’s the message Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council is sending to its residents, who will have now received their 2016 voter registration information forms.
The form confirms the registered voters in every household and residents are asked to check these details are correct and to confirm them on the form.
This ensures the new electoral register is up to date and accurate.
Every household is legally required to respond to the form. It is quick and simple to confirm the details are correct and this can be done in a number of ways, including online, by using the security code provided on the form. Residents can also respond by text or via the freephone number.
Leader of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Councillor Bob Cook, said: “It’s important that you’re registered in the right name and at the right address otherwise you could miss your chance to vote. Many people don’t realise that failure to register to vote also means you may be refused a bank account, loan, credit card or mortgage as being on the electoral roll acts as proof of address for many companies.”
It is also important that residents who have recently moved house update their details. Any young people who may have turned 16 recently should have their names added, as while they cannot vote until they are 18 they can be added to the register.
Every property in the Borough needs to return this form, even if there is no one in the household eligible to vote.
To find out if you are registered, or for more information, call the Democratic Services Helpline on (01642) 526196, email email@example.com or visit our website at www.stockton.gov.uk/checkit