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Householders urged to return electoral forms

West Oxfordshire residents are being reminded to return their annual electoral registration forms back to the District Council.
br>Forms were sent to all properties in the district last month, but the response return rate has been disappointing with over one-third still not returned.

"Because of new laws introduced this year, the Council is required to visit all households that are slow to respond. This is an additional cost to the Council and will fall on council taxpayers", explains Keith Butler, Head of Electoral Services. "Many people do not realise that by law this form has to be completed each year and that inclusion on the Electoral Register is not automatic."

Registration is easy. If there are no changes, householders can use a Freephone or internet service and confirm their details in minutes. Alternatively the form can be completed and returned with the pre-paid envelope provided.

It is a legal requirement to return these forms for inclusion on the Electoral Register which not only enables people to vote in elections but also helps people to obtain a loan or mortgage as Credit Reference Agencies use the Register.

In the event of any queries please contact the Council on 01993 861410 or email elections@westoxon.gov.uk

Posted : 26/09/2006 09:43:08

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