11:12 Wednesday 18 December 2013

Home visits so people have the right to vote

Written byROB SMYTH

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CANVASSERS will be visiting the homes of residents who have not returned their electoral registration forms to ensure they do not lose their right to vote.

The forms were distributed to 41,000 properties in South Derbyshire in October, with reminders sent to many households in November.

Around 80 per cent have ensured they are registered so far. Those who have not acted could lose their right to vote in any election or referendum held next year.

All staff visiting people’s homes until January 12 will be carrying South Derbyshire District Council ID and residents should always ask to see this before giving out any details.

Frank McArdle, South Derbyshire District Council’s chief executive and electoral registration officer, said: “We will start knocking on people’s doors to ask for details of everyone living at the property who is entitled to vote and to help them complete the form if needed.”

Householders must complete and return an electoral registration form even if there has been no changes.

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