Merthyr residents reminded to return canvass forms

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  • 08 Sep 2017
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Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council has issued a second request to residents to help the authority save money by promptly returning their electoral register form.

Once a year, the Council is required by law to send enquiry forms to every household asking residents to confirm who is living at their address to check whether the electoral register is accurate.  Tenants are responsible for sending the forms back - not their landlord – or they could be fined £1,000.  

Last year alone, it cost the Council around £13,500 just on reminder letters asking people to respond to the annual canvass.  That money could have been used differently to support other services. 

Residents are asked to use the internet or pre-paid envelope if they wish to make changes or add or remove someone. If there are no changes to the form, they can reply by freephone, internet or text and won’t need to do anything else.  If they want to add a name, they will also need to register online at at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote with their National Insurance number and date of birth. 

If you need any help completing your form, or if you have any questions about registering to vote, please contact the Council’s Democratic Services on 01685 725284 or email democratic@merthyr.gov.uk 

  • A British or qualifying Commonwealth citizen who has leave to enter and remain in the UK or does not require such leave.
  • A citizen of the Republic of Ireland or other European Union (EU) member state. 
  1. British citizens, Irish citizens and qualifying citizens of Commonwealth countries (including Cyprus and Malta), as well as citizens of other EU member states, can vote at elections to the National Assembly of Wales.

 

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