Council bosses are urging South Tynesiders not to lose their right to vote.
Household Enquiry Forms are being delivered to more than 70,000 homes across the borough over the coming weeks to help the council to identify everyone entitled to vote.
Residents can respond online at www.register-online.co.uk using their 10 digit unique reference number and Internet password which are printed on the form.
The on-line process also allows people to add the names of any new occupants as well as remove names of those who no longer live at the address, request a postal application or opt out of the open register.
Residents who do not need to change any details or add names to the register of electors can respond by calling Freephone 0800 025 3176 or by texting their 10 digit unique reference number to 07507 319 820.
Anyone who doesn’t have access to a computer, smart phone or tablet can fill in the form, sign it and return it in the pre-paid envelope. Requests for postal applications and changes to the open register can also be made on the paper form.
Coun Alan Kerr, Deputy Leader of South Tyneside Council with responsibility for democratic renewal, said: “The Council has a duty to maintain an accurate electoral register and it is very important that all adults and young people over the age of 16 living in the Borough are on it.
“This new legislation represents the biggest change to the voter registration system in 100 years, so we are working to ensure people have the information they need to make sure they are on the new electoral register.
“We would advise people to look out for the Household Enquiry Form arriving and then respond as soon as possible to protect their right to vote in local elections and referendums.”
Under the new Individual Electoral Registration system introduced in June 2014, everyone is now responsible for registering to vote themselves.
For further information contact South Tyneside Council’s Electoral Team on (0191) 424 7248 or 7527, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.southtyneside.gov.uk/elections