Almost 70,000 households across Tendring will be receiving a form over the next month requesting important information about residents.

They need to look out for the form – and respond to it – in order to ensure they are entitled to vote in future polls. Residents will be asked to check and confirm whether the information that appears on the electoral register for their address is correct.

It is all part of the annual voter registration canvass which is a legal requirement and it is taking place between August and October. The aim of the form is to help ensure that the voters’ roll is as complete and accurate as possible and to encourage residents who are not on the roll to register.

Ian Davidson, Electoral Registration Officer at Tendring District Council said that anyone who wants to vote must be registered. “This is an opportunity for people to make sure that when an election or referendum takes place, they will be able to take part. Simply check the form when it arrives and respond to it as promptly as possible,” he said.

He added: “Some believe they are automatically registered to vote if they pay Council Tax, but this is just one of the myths about registering to vote. Don’t let this myth stop you from having your say on how your area is run, or on who represents you at Westminster.”

If someone is not currently registered, information will be sent out explaining how this can be done, or alternatively people can go online to apply to register at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Anyone who requires further information about voter registration or how to respond to the form should contact the Electoral Services Team on 01255 686566 or by email at elections@tendringdc.gov.uk

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