Residents urged to respond to electoral registration

Tameside residents are being urged to respond to electoral registration forms if they have not yet done so.

The annual canvass is required by law and is when local authorities check the electoral register to make sure eligible residents can vote.

Properties are now being sent different kinds of communication depending on whether data suggest there have been changes in household occupancy. They only need to respond if changes have taken place.

Generally it will be by letter but it could be by email, text, telephone or even a personal call but residents are asked to respond promptly to be included on the electoral register, which is a legal requirement.

People who don’t register will not only be unable to vote, they could also find it difficult to get credit or a mobile phone account.

All you need to do is visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and make sure you have your National Insurance number to hand. 

The service is available round the clock, seven days a week.

Although only people who are aged 18 can vote, all 16 and 17-year-olds should respond to the canvass to make sure they are eligible to do so as soon as they come of age.

For more information call 0161 342 8355, email elections@tameside.gov.uk or visit www.tameside.gov.uk/elections/annualcanvass

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