Households in South Northamptonshire will soon have received a form asking residents to check their details are correct on the electoral register as part of South Northamptonshire Council’s (SNC) annual electoral canvass.
Although it is not compulsory to vote, it is a legal requirement to provide details for the electoral register or risk a £1,000 penalty. Sue Smith, Electoral Registration Officer for South Northamptonshire, said: “It is important people keep their details up-to-date because the electoral register not only entitles people to vote but is also used for jury service selection and for credit checks. "If details are missing or incorrect, it could affect people’s credit ratings when they come to apply for things such as a mortgage, mobile phone contract or credit card.” If all the household information is correct, people will need to call 0800 1979871, text 80212 or go to www.registerbyinternet.com/cherwellandsouthnorthants and input the form’s security codes to confirm their details. For those whose information is incorrect this can be amended either by going online at www.registerbyinternet.com/cherwellandsouthnorthants or making the necessary amendments on the form and returning in the pre-paid envelope provided. Those who do not confirm their details will be issued a reminder letter and later, will receive a personal visit from a canvasser. People are encouraged to confirm their details as early as possible as reminders increase the cost for South Northamptonshire taxpayers.