Residents in Northumberland are being urged to safeguard their vote at election time by sparing just a few minutes to get their name registered on the Electoral Register.
Throughout the summer, annual canvass registration forms were delivered by post to every one of the 150,000 houses in Northumberland.
The results from this canvass are used to compile the electoral register which is published on the 01st of December each year.
The majority of residents have responded but despite repeated written reminders, there are still thousands of residents who have failed to register and this makes them ineligible to vote.
Not only is the register used for electoral purposes, it is regularly used for checking credit applications. So, those who are not on it could experience difficulty getting credit references, mobile telephone contracts or even mortgages.
Residents are being asked to look out for the form from the council’s Electoral Registration Team and to follow the simple instructions contained within it.
Angus Taylor, Electoral Services Manager at Northumberland County Council ,said: “Official council canvassers will be out and about in all areas of Northumberland during the coming weeks, delivering documentation and reminders to those residents whose details are still outstanding.
“They will be wearing fluorescent jackets bearing the councils logo and will be carrying personal identification to confirm they are working on behalf of the council.”
Residents have until 10pm on November 22, to register, which is the official deadline to get on to this year’s Electoral Register.
Anyone with queries can call (01670) 624811.