Residents are encouraged to fill in forms

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Council officials are aiming to make it easier for households to take part in a national canvass.

Forms are being sent out to all homes in North Tyneside as part of the first ever national household enquiry canvass.

The aim of the form is to ensure that the electoral register is up to date and to identify any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so.

Residents are asked to check whether the information that appears currently on the electoral register for those living at their address is correct.

Electoral Registration Officer at North Tyneside Council, Vivienne Geary, said: “There are local elections and Police and Crime Commissioner elections taking place across the country in May next year, and this is an opportunity for residents to make sure they are able to take part.

“Anyone who wants to vote must be registered. To make sure you have your say simply check the form when it arrives and return the information as promptly as possible.”

“If you are not currently registered we’ll send you information explaining how to do this or you can go online to apply to register at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.”

Residents who have recently moved address are being encouraged to look out for the form and check whether they, and other members of their household, are registered.

This year there have been some changes to improve the process, including online options to help people to return their form promptly.

All households will be given a unique ten digit security code and a password, printed on the forms, so you can return your household information using electronic methods.

If there are no changes to be made to the information provided, households can either:

• Go online to www.register-online.co.uk, using their 10-digit security code and password.

• Call 0800 025 3168 and quote the ten digit number

• Text their ten digit security code to 07507 319820

• Sign the form, put it into the envelope provided and post it.

If there are changes to be made, you can:

• Go online to www.register-online.co.uk, and using their 10-digit security code and password.

• Call 0800 025 3168 and quote the ten digit number

• Make the necessary changes and/or additions to the form, sign it and send it back to us in the post using the envelope provided.

Mrs Geary added: “This process is not a registration process.

“The information you provide will enable us to send a separate individual registration form to anyone in your household who is eligible but is yet to register.”