Release Date: 12/08/2012
Annual registration forms will shortly be delivered to every household in the borough, and Richmond Council is requesting that residents respond as soon as possible to save costs, and ensure that they are correctly registered to vote.
Gillian Norton, Registration Officer for Richmond upon Thames, said:
“The Council has a legal duty to ensure every residential address is registered, even if there is nobody eligible to vote living there. We have made it even easier for households where there have been no changes to the details pre-printed on their forms. All these residents can now renew using our online, telephone, or text services. Only those who have to make changes need to amend and post back their forms.
“If residents do not respond promptly, it increases our costs in sending out reminders or having officers visit each property to confirm the current details. It could also jeopardise your right to vote, so please note that this is an annual requirement even for those who submitted application forms or changed their details during this year.
“If you require any help or advice please contact our Electoral Services for more information.”
UK law requires everyone to renew their registration every year so each council can publish an accurate Electoral Roll in December, ensuring that all eligible residents can take part in elections and referenda. The list is also used to contact residents about jury service and check applications for credit.
All homes will receive a compulsory form from 17 August, with details of the residents currently registered to vote on the Register of Electors, also known as the Electoral Roll.
For more information contact the Electoral Registration Office on 020 8891 7775 or visit our Annual registration page.