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Over 20,000 electoral registration reminders to be sent out

Letters reminding West Oxfordshire residents to confirm their electoral registration details are being sent out this week.

The District Council wrote to all households last month and over 20,000 are yet to reply.

Residents can take action by confirming their registration details either by text, Freephone, online or by post.

Keith Butler, West Oxfordshire District Council’s Electoral Registration Officer said: “It is costing the council, and therefore council tax payers, around £8,000 to send these reminders out – money that could be spent on other services.

“It’s quick and easy to reply and if people use the online service they can help save even more money.”

If changes need to be made to the registration details sent, then the household is asked to notify the Council either online or by returning the form provided.

Electoral registration is a legal requirement that has to be to done each year and residents must be on the Electoral Register to be eligible to vote.

The Register is also often used by credit checking agencies and can be required for things such as getting a loan or mortgage or mobile phone contract. Other pitfalls of not being on the Register include not being eligible to apply for certain jobs which require security checks and not being able to open a bank account.
Further information is online at www.westoxon.gov.uk/register.

If you have not received an electoral registration form please contact the Council on 01993 861410 or email elections@westoxon.gov.uk

Posted : 17/09/2015 15:07:37

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