Residents in Fareham have been urged to make sure they don't lose their right to vote. Door-to-door canvassers will be out and about for the next three weeks, visiting households in the Borough of Fareham, which haven?t yet returned their completed electoral registration forms.
The canvassers are a key element of the Council?s electoral register campaign to ensure all eligible adults in the Borough are on the 2012 electoral roll.
So far 47,681 registration forms have been sent out to households across the Borough. A further 14,000 reminders have been sent out and now, the canvassers will be visiting nearly 9000 addresses to urge people to register.
The Electoral Registration Officer for Fareham, Peter Grimwood said ?We have over 50 canvassers who have been specially trained to carry out this important task. We know there will be local elections on 3 May 2012 and an election to appoint local Police and Crime Commissioners on 15 November 2012, but you can only vote if your name is on the electoral roll. Anyone who wants to have their say through the ballot box must make sure they are registered.?
The registration form also gives people the option of being on the "full" or the "edited" register. The edited version is the one that can be used for commercial activities such as marketing. If there are no changes to the form apart from opting out of the edited register, you can also register by telephone, internet or SMS by following the instructions on the form.
The closing date for registration, in time to be included in the 2012 register, is November 27, 2011.
For further information contact:
Becca Bennett, Communications Assistant, tel: 01329 824609
fax: 01329 824505, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
This and previous media releases can be viewed on the Council’s website: www.fareham.gov.uk/pressreleases