Householders in Arun are being asked to return their annual canvass form – or be ready for a knock at the door.
More than 74,000 household enquiry forms were delivered to every address in the district over the summer to enable residents to check their electoral register details.
Around 20 per cent of the forms are still outstanding and reminders have now been sent out where responses have not been received.
Residents who are not on the register of electors may also be refused credit on purchases, a mortgage, or a mobile phone contract as credit agencies use the electoral register to determine applications.
If you don’t need to make any changes to your information, you can use the automated services, if your details have changed, you can complete the form online using the details on page 1 of the form or you can email these changes to firstname.lastname@example.org; alternatively you can complete and return the form.
Arun District Council have prepared a short film to explain how to complete the form which can be found on the Arun District Council Facebook Page.
Nigel Lynn, Arun’s Electoral Registration Officer, said: “We have a deadline of October 7 and if we don’t get a form back from a property by then, canvassers will be knocking on doors to obtain the information.
“This is an additional cost to the Council so residents can save taxpayers’ money by using the telephone number, website address, or text number provided on the form, or by bringing their form to the Civic Centre in Littlehampton or Bognor Regis Town Hall.
“You can also return the form by post by using the freepost envelope provided but this costs money so using one of the above methods will help keep costs down.”
The Council has to carry out an annual canvass each year and it is a legal requirement to provide the information requested.
The new register will be published on December 1, 2016.
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