Don’t lose your right to vote

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People in the Ashfield district are being encouraged to make sure they don’t lose their right to vote as the council starts updating the electoral register.

Around 54,000 letters will be going out and the council says it’s important that everyone responds as soon as possible – even if there are no changes to the residents at the property.

Leader of the Council councillor Cheryl Butler said: “With the Referendum on Europe probably taking place next year, it is vital that people register otherwise they may lose their right to vote.”

The council is required by law to carry out an annual canvass to compile the Register of Electors and it is warning residents that a delay in responding could result in an expensive process.

David Dalby said: “It costs a lot of money to chase up forms. It’s really easy to respond and there are various methods including a freephone service and on-line service.

“Being on the Electoral Register also improves your credit rating as well”.

Residents who are not on the register may find it difficult to obtain credit as it is used by credit reference agencies to verify the address of applicants.

The process will take a number of weeks with the final Register published on December 1 2015.