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    News release: 17 July 2017

    Residents in the St Albans District are urged to secure their vote by completing a household enquiry form.

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    Around 59,000 forms are being sent to homes in the District by St Albans City and District Council.

    This action is part of the Council’s annual voter registration canvass to keep the electoral register up to date.

    Your name needs to be on the register to vote in future elections such as next year’s District Council elections.

    The form will list everyone who is currently registered to vote at a particular address. Residents should check that the information it contains is correct.

    If no changes are needed, they must confirm this online at www.householdresponse.com/stalbans.

    Alternatively, they can do so by free phone or text with full details of these procedures included in the form.

    If the form needs to be amended, this can also be done by the website or by post, using a freepost envelope which is enclosed with the form.

    Michael Lovelady, Electoral Registration Officer for St Albans City and District Council, said: “It is important that residents check the information on the household enquiry forms. They will be arriving very shortly at their address. 

    “Please confirm that the form is correct or advise us of any changes. Full details on how to respond are included on the form. 

    “If your name is not on the form, you’re not registered to vote and it is important to let us know. You will then be sent a second form inviting you to register to vote. 

    “You will need to complete this to vote in elections or you can register to vote online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.” 

    Residents who have questions can contact the elections’ team by email at elections@stalbans.gov.uk  or by telephoning 01727 819294. 

        
    Contact for the media: 
    John McJannet, Principal Communications Officer, St Albans City & District Council, Tel: 01727 296130, E-mail: john.mcjannet@stalbans.gov.uk

    Notes: 
    1. 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. 
    2. The names and addresses of people on the electoral register will be included in the open register unless they have asked for this information to be removed. Removing details from the open register does not affect the right to vote. The open register is an extract of the electoral register, but 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. 
    3. To be eligible to register to vote in England a person must be:  aged 16 years or over (a person may register to vote at 16, but may not vote until they are 18); a British or qualifying Commonwealth citizen who has leave to enter and remain in the UK or does not require such leave; or a citizen of the Republic of Ireland or other European Union (EU) member state. 
    4. British citizens, Irish citizens and qualifying citizens of Commonwealth countries (including Cyprus and Malta) can vote in Parliamentary General Elections. They can also vote in local government elections and Police and Crime Commissioner elections in England and Wales as can citizens of other EU member states.