Make sure you’re registered to vote

Once a year we send out letters reminding all residents to make sure they are registered to vote.

If you’ve not responded as yet, now is the time to take action. Help us to ensure the records in our district are up to date before the next scheduled elections in May.

Every household in the district needs to respond, even if there has been no change in their circumstances.

There are four ways to respond:

  • You can use the automated telephone service if no changes are needed – details are on the form.
  • Or you can sign and return the form in the pre-paid envelope.
  • If you need help, or have not received your letter, you can call the Council’s Electoral Services team on 01924 305023 or email elections@wakefield.gov.uk  

If you don’t respond we will have to issue reminder letters or call at your home and speak to you, which is costly. So please respond now and help us to save money.

Merran McRae, Electoral Registration Officer at Wakefield Council, said: “It’s important to  include any 16 or 17-year-olds that live at your address on the form, as they will be eligible to vote as soon as they turn 18.

“Registering to vote can help your credit score. But if details are not up to date on the electoral register, it may lead to problems obtaining credit or opening bank accounts. Credit reference companies rely on the register for background information.”

The next elections are scheduled for Thursday, 7 May 2020 to elect local councillors and to choose the next Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Yorkshire area.

For information about registration and voting visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/elections or www.yourvotematters.co.uk.

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