Residents reminded to respond to annual canvass forms

Residents in the Wakefield district are being reminded to respond to recent letters asking them to register to vote.

Forms have now been delivered to every residential property in the district. Wakefield Council is required to send these forms every year to ensure that records are up to date before the next elections.

With the polls due to take place on 5 May 2022, this is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they are able to take part.

From 20 September, residents who have not yet responded may receive a telephone canvass or an email to try to update information, with calls being made between 9am and 7.30pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 4pm on Saturday.

Gillian Marshall

The emails will come from elections@wakefield.gov.uk and residents can be assured that they are genuine.

Gillian Marshall, Wakefield Council’s Electoral Registration Officer, said: “With elections taking place next May, it’s important to make sure you are registered to vote. It only takes a few minutes to check and update the details for the whole household online. If you need any support to fill in your form please contact our electoral services team who will be happy to help.

“Those that don’t respond to these requests will receive a telephone call by one of our electoral canvassers, which is costly, so please help the Council save money by responding.”

The quickest and easiest way to respond is online at www.registersecurely.com/wakefield using the security codes printed on the letter.

Registering online will take only a few minutes and you can update the details for your household online.

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

Any person who requires support can call the Electoral Services team on 01924 305023 or email elections@wakefield.gov.uk

Further information about registration and voting can be found at www.wakefield.gov.uk/elections or visit www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter