Friday, 7 February 2014

Final reminder to register to vote

More than 5,000 people in the Lancaster district risk falling off the electoral register unless they take immediate action.

That’s the warning this week from Lancaster City Council as it prepares to publish the latest edition of the electoral register.

Registration forms were sent to every home in the Lancaster district last year, followed up by personal visits by those who did not respond. Despite this more than 5,000 people have not responded and will be taken off the electoral register when it is published on 17th February.

Final reminders have now been sent out and the city council is urging anyone who receives one to take immediate action.

Mark Cullinan, Lancaster City Council’s chief executive, said: “It is vitally important that residents register their details and are included on the electoral register. "As well as not being able to vote it is used by credit reference agencies to determine whether people are eligible for credit or a loan.

“Many people discover they are not on the electoral register when they have been declined an application for a mobile phone or opening a bank account.

"I would urge anyone who has not yet registered to do so as soon as possible."

If you have any questions, help is available from the council - telephone the helpline on 01524 582905

• For more information on the electoral register visit www.lancaster.gov.uk/elections

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