The Vale of Glamorgan Council is urging people across the Vale to reply to the Household Enquiry Forms that have recently been sent to their addresses.
The final deadline of 17th November is now looming after door to door canvass visited 14,000 non responding households across the County.
Door to door visits have now finished, however there are still 7,270 non-responding households across the county with households who have not yet responded now being left with final reminder letters.
Households who have not responded by 17th November may not have their details updated in time for when the register is published on 1st December.
It is important that all residents complete the process and send the forms back ASAP and no later than 17th November which is then final deadline, otherwise they will not be registered in time 1st December.
What are the benefits of being on the Electoral Register?
- You will have a choice of whether or not you would like to vote in an election or referendum.
- Credit reference agencies can confirm your address to approve mortgage, loan, or credit applications.
- You can be called to take part in Jury Service.
Research by the independent Electoral Commission shows that recent home movers are far less likely to be registered than those that have lived at the same address for a long time.
A staggering 94% of people living in Wales, who have been at their property for more than sixteen years, will be registered compared to 30% of people who have lived at an address for less than one year.
Responding to the Household Enquiry Form is easy, you can do this on-line, via telephone or by post – just follow the instructions on the front of your form.
The Electoral Register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in public elections.
The aim of the Household Enquiry Form is to make sure that the electoral register is up to date and to identify any residents who are not registered.
Debbie Marles, Electoral Registration Officer at the Vale of Glamorgan Council said:
“It’s really important that residents respond as soon as possible so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in the Vale of Glamorgan. To make sure you are able to have your say at future elections, simply check the form when it arrives and respond straight away.”
“If you’re not currently registered, your name will not appear on the form, however if you want to register, the easiest way is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or we’ll send you information explaining how to do this in the post. In any case, you will still need to complete the Household Enquiry Form and send it back to us.”
“Don’t forget the Household Enquiry Form is for information only – to register you must still complete an Invitation to Register form either online, via telephone or by post.”
Rhydian Thomas, Head of the Electoral Commission in Wales said:
“It’s really important that everyone who is entitled to vote is able to do so; checking the form that will arrive through the post is the easiest way to find out if you are already registered.”
For more information, visit the website at gov.uk/register-to-vote.