Don’t wait for a knock on door in October
14 Sep 2021
Canvassers will be knocking on doors in Northumberland from 13th October to give residents a final chance to register and to vote in the next elections.
Staff will wear ID badges to identify themselves and will only ask for the details of the people living at the address, not bank details.
Electoral registration forms were sent out to all 156,000 households in the county in July asking for residents to confirm any changes.
Despite sending out reminders, there are 13,200 properties still to complete and return their canvass form.
Those households who have yet to respond are now being urged to follow the instructions on the reminder letter instead of waiting for a knock on the door from the electoral canvass team in October.
The county council is required by law to visit those properties that needed to respond but didn't - which is a time consuming and costly exercise.
Canvassers acting on behalf of the council will be carrying this out during October and November.
Mark Crawford who is Elections Manager at Northumberland County Council said:
“To vote in any election your name must be on the electoral register. This is an important opportunity for residents to ensure they have a say on issues that directly affect day-to-day life in Northumberland.
“Apart from voting, there are also other benefits to being on the register including improving credit score ratings which companies look at when you apply for a mobile phone contract, a mortgage or a loan.”
Canvassers who visit properties in person will wear face masks and use hand sanitiser to reduce the risk of transmitting Covid-19.
If you have any queries regarding electoral registration, please ring Northumberland County Council on 01670 624844.