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People in South Tyneside urged to protect their right to vote

People are being warned to make sure they can vote
People are being warned to make sure they can vote

People in South Tyneside are being urged to ensure their right to vote is protected.

South Tyneside Council is calling on residents, who have not yet responded, to look out for Household Enquiry Forms which recently came through the post.

Coun Alan Kerr

Coun Alan Kerr

The forms help the Council to collect information needed to update the Electoral Register as well as to identify residents who are entitled to vote.

People are being asked to check the information printed on their form and respond immediately, even if no changes are required.

The council’s elections team have issued reminders to households which have not yet responded.

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.

“People need to be on the register to be able to vote.

“With local government elections taking place next May, this is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they will be able to exercise their right to vote.”

He added: “Residents are urged to respond to the Household Enquiry Forms as soon as possible. Those who are not registered will be missing from the form.

“We would strongly recommend all those who have not yet registered to do so as soon as possible. Registering online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote is quick and easy.”

Research carried out by the Electoral Commission shows that recent home movers are far less likely to be registered than those who have lived at the same address for many years.

Across the UK, 96 per cent of people who have lived at their property for more than 16 years will be registered, compared to 27 per cent of people who have lived at an address for less than one year.

Melanie Davidson, head of support and improvement at the Electoral Commission, said: “It’s really important that everyone who is entitled to vote is able to do so. Checking the form arriving through the post is one of the easiest ways to find out if you are already registered.”

For further information contact South Tyneside Council’s Elections Team on (0191) 424 7230 or email elections@southtyneside.gov.uk