Wrexham residents who have not already registered to vote this year can expect a knock on the door over the next few weeks.
Council officials working for Wrexham Council will be visiting homes to seek out those people who have not returned their electoral registration forms.
The council sent out forms to more than 58,000 homes across the county borough in October asking residents to fill them in and return them. Reminders have already been sent to those homes that have not returned the form but there are still around 11,000 forms outstanding across Wrexham.
The law requires that electoral registration staff must now visit properties that do not return a form. Each visit costs the council tax payers of Wrexham about £2.00.
It’s important that residents are on the electoral register to have their say, especially as a European poll will be held in May this year. Canvassers with ID cards and a photograph have been visiting properties from 24 January onwards. Anyone who still has their form is urged to return it as soon as possible to save a visit.
In some cases the canvasser will just be confirming information the council already has and will only require a signature from the householder.
Councillor Neil Rogers, Leader of the Council, said: “Registering to vote is the only way you can have a vote in the European elections in May and I encourage all residents to register using the forms sent out recently. Registering will also save the council money as the less calls they have to make the less it costs. All our canvassers will be carrying full identification and for your safety please make sure you ask to see this first.”
There are a number of ways to respond to the form including a freephone telephone number, online or text for those households who have no changes to make to the information on their form. Amendments must be made by returning the form in the post. Full instructions to help residents register their information are provided with the registration forms. The new register will be published on 10 March 2014.