Local authorities have a legal requirement to conduct an annual ‘canvass’ in order to prepare and publish a revised Register of Electors on 1 December 2017.
In preparation for the publication of the register, all households in the Fylde will be sent a Householder Enquiry form for completion; delivery of the forms will commence on 21 July 2017.
The form will be addressed to ‘The Occupier’ and will list the details of all those who are currently registered within the property. If there is no one currently registered, the form will be blank.
All households are required to respond to the form even if everyone has recently applied to be added to the current register of electors or there are no changes to the details listed. The paying of council tax at a particular property does not mean that you are on the Electoral Register.
Completion of the form is a legal requirement and a fine of £1000 may be incurred if you fail to respond.
If you are not registered you will not be able to vote in elections and it may prevent you from obtaining credit from banks and other credit companies.
If all the details on the form are correct, you can confirm there are no changes via householdresponse.com/fylde, phone 0800 197 9871 or by texting NOCHANGE with your security code to 80212.
To confirm no changes by any of these methods you will need your security code which can be located on the front of your Household Enquiry Form.
You can also sign the form and return it to us in the enclosed pre paid envelope.
If someone needs to be added or removed visit householdresponse.com/fylde. You will need your security code which can be located on the front of your Household Enquiry Form.
Alternatively, you can add the details to the form, sign it, and return it to us in the enclosed pre paid envelope.
Additions- The Household Enquiry Form is for information and is not a registration form; anyone added will also need to register individually. Follow the instructions after confirming the details on the above website or register at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
Alternatively, we will send the individual a further form to complete which will be addressed to them directly.
Removals- If someone has left the property, completing the changes online or returning the form will begin the process of removing their details from the register.
We may need to send some further correspondence to the person to confirm that we will be removing their details from the Register.
Name Change- Once you have amended the details via the online form, or returned the completed paper form, you will be required to supply evidence of the name change, for example marriage certificate or deed poll. Copies of these documents are acceptable and we can accept a scanned and emailed version via firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I register at two addresses?
Students- Students may register at both their term-time address and their non-term-time address.
Second homes- You can register at two addresses if you spend an equal amount of time between each property.
Registered twice- If you are registered to vote in two different electoral areas, you can vote in local elections for the two different local councils. However, it is an offence to vote twice in the same type of election, such as in a UK general election. Doing this could result in a fine of up to £5,000.
The Open Register
Using information received from the public, registration officers keep two registers- the electoral register and the open register (also known as the edited register).
The Electoral Register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in public elections. The register is used for electoral purposes, such as making sure only eligible people can vote. It is also used for other limited purposes specified in law such as:
- detecting crime (e.g fraud)
- calling people for jury service
- checking credit applications
The Open Register is an extract of the electoral register, but it is not used for elections. It can be bought by any person, company or organisation. For example, it is used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details.
Your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask/have asked for them to be removed. Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote.
If the ‘Included on the Open Register’ column on your Household Enquiry Form is blank then your details currently appear on the Open Register.
If the word ‘NO’ is printed in this column, your details do not currently appear on the Open Register.
If an individual wishes to amend their Open Register status, they need to contact the Electoral Registration Officer via an email to email@example.com