Have you registered to vote in elections yet?

A polling station.
A polling station.

Staff from South Tyneside Council’s elections team will be out and about across the borough over the next few weeks calling at the homes of people who have yet to respond to household enquiry forms to ensure they are registered to vote.

From today, they will be calling at the homes of people who have not replied to collect the information needed to update the register of electors.

All council staff calling at homes will have an official identification badge with their photograph printed on it.

The council publishes a new register of electors every year. The new register will be published on December 1, 2016.

Reminders were sent out recently reminding people who had not responded to the form sent to them in July.

Anyone who received the reminder form but has not yet acted upon it, is urged to respond online as this is the quickest and most convenient way.

The online registration system allows people to make all the changes in one place.

They can:

l add the names of any new occupants, including providing all the information needed to apply to register to vote individually (date of birth and national insurance number);

l remove the names of those who no longer live at the address;

l request a postal vote application;

l opt out of the open register;

l confirm that there are no changes needed.

If there are no changes required, residents can respond by calling the free phone telephone number or sending a text.

For more contact the council’s electoral team on (0191) 424 7230.