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Title:Electoral Register Visit
Published:16 Sep 2014
Residents to receive visit about electoral register
From Tuesday 16 September, canvassers will be calling at some South Northamptonshire homes to ensure every eligible person is registered to vote.

The canvass takes place every year but this year is very important as the way we are registered to vote has changed.

In the past registration was done by the householder, who was responsible for completing the registration on behalf of all residents eligible to vote in the household.

This year it became the responsibility of each individual voter to register themselves and ensure their details on the Electoral Register are correct.

Around 60,000 voters in the district were automatically transferred to the new Register after a cross referencing exercise between the existing Electoral Register and records kept by the Department for Work and Pensions.

However, the records of around 9,000 people could not be fully matched and letters were sent to those people in August asking them to confirm their identity via the post, over the phone or online.

There are still some people yet to confirm their details and canvassers will be knocking on their door asking for their date of birth and National Insurance number.

Canvassers will be knocking on doors between 9.00 am and 8.00 pm weekdays and weekends. They will be wearing high visibility jackets and will carry photographic identification.

If you have any queries about canvassers who have been to your property, you can call Electoral Services on 01327 322128 between 8.45 am and 5.15 pm Mondays to Thursdays and 8.45 am to 4.45 pm on Fridays.

Although it is not compulsory to vote in elections in the UK, it is a legal requirement that everyone eligible is included on the Electoral Register. Credit agencies use the Register for credit checks and it is used for jury service selection.

Failure to provide the necessary information is punishable by a fine of up to £1,000.

For more information, or to register details online, visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.