Residents in the borough are being warned they could face a fine if they don’t respond to the annual voter registration canvass.

Over half of the 73,000 households in the borough have already responded to the household enquiry form sent out by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council asking residents to update or simply confirm their details are correct on the electoral register.

Reminder letters have been sent to those homes who have not responded and these will be followed by door to door canvassing from Thursday 15 October.

In addition, individual registration forms have been sent out to those households who have already responded acknowledging someone new is living at the property. The individual will need to follow the instructions on the letter as soon as possible to appear on the electoral register and have the opportunity to vote. Not being on the electoral register may also harm someone’s chances of gaining credit.

Karen Brimacombe, Electoral Registration Officer at Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, said: “Already 65% of the borough’s households have responded but there are still many more who need to confirm or update their details. This is a legal requirement and one that can result in a fine if the information is not received.

“We are urging people to respond to the reminder letters before we are required to send out canvassers to knock on doors to get this information. This is additional expense to the council and our council tax payers, and we encourage residents to help us to keep this to a minimum.” The new register of electors will be published in December 2015. For more information call 01256 844844.

For further information on this release please contact: Krissy Lloyd, Senior Media Relations and Communications Officer, on 01256 845240 or email krissy.lloyd@basingstoke.gov.uk.

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