Households across Stockton Borough will soon receive an important letter from Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council asking residents to check whether the current voter registration details for their address are correct.
The information is vital to ensure that everyone entitled to vote is registered in time for the election on 4 May to decide who will become the first elected Mayor of the Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA). It is also an ideal opportunity to request a postal vote for anyone who may find this more convenient than going to a polling station.
If all of the information on the form is correct, no further action is necessary.
Information that needs changing or updating can be done quickly and easily online at www.householdresponse.com/stockton using the security code on the letter. Alternatively, residents can call the helpline on 01642 526196 to report any changes or errors.
Although they cannot vote until they are 18, young people who have recently turned 16 can also be added to the register and should register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote Registration takes just a few minutes and requires people to provide their date of birth and National Insurance number.
Councillor Bob Cook, Leader of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, said: "You must be registered to vote so it is absolutely vital that residents check the details on their letters and go online or call us if there are any errors or changes. It’s particularly important for anyone who has moved address recently to look out for the letter and check the details are correct.
“If your name is not on the letter, it means you are not registered to vote at that address. You can easily sort this out online by visiting www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.”
For further information, contact the Electoral Services team at Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council on 01642 526196 or email [email protected]