Register or you may lose right to vote

RESIDENTS are being urged to make sure their names are on the Register of Electors and help save a council money.

People can vote in local and national elections only if their name and address appears on the register and under national law people must apply each year to be included on it by completing an electoral registration form.

Hartlepool Borough Council is sending out more than 42,000 of the forms to households next week and those receiving them are being urged to complete and return them as quickly as possible.

Peter Devlin, the council’s electoral registration officer, said: “Last year, almost 20,000 households failed to register and personal canvassers had to be recruited to visit homes and collect the information.

“This only adds to the costs of the service and it is money that could be saved if all households register promptly.

“Although the register is compiled for electoral purposes, it’s also used by other organisations such as banks, building societies and mobile phone companies and by not registering people may affect their chances of obtaining credit.”

People can also register by freephone, text or the internet, with contact information on the forms being handed out.

For general information and advice about electoral registration, call the council’s election office hotline on (01429) 523088.