Council urges electronic answer to electoral register inquiries
We'd much rather spend the money on other vital services so if people are able to confirm their details electronically, it would be a big helpDr Carlton Brand, Electoral Registration Officer
Household enquiry forms are about to hit around 220,000 doormats across the county as Wiltshire Electoral Services launches its annual canvass to ensure the electoral register is up to date
Residents are urged to return their responses online if they can although they are also welcome to return the form by post in the pre-paid envelope provided with the form.
Dr Carlton Brand, Electoral Registration Officer, said: "This year we want to encourage as many people as possible to confirm their details electronically rather than returning the envelope. By law we need to put a pre-paid envelope in there but that costs us even more money when they are used. We'd much rather spend the money on other vital services so if people are able to confirm their details electronically, it would be a big help."
Every property in Wiltshire will receive a form. A form is sent each year and it is used to collect information to ensure anyone who is eligible to register at the property is actually registered.
It is a legal requirement to provide the information requested to ensure it is up-to-date and accurate. If people are able to respond to the form promptly then they will avoid future reminders being sent to them.
To confirm details, all people have to do is go online or telephone (Freephone) 0800 197 9871 or text NOCHANGE to 80212 and use the security codes printed at the top of their form. This is the quickest and easier way to confirm the information on the form is correct. People can also return the signed form by post.
If any details are incorrect, go online. People can update the details of eligible voters at their address by using the security codes provided at the top of the household enquiry form to make changes. Alternatively, details can be amended using the form and returned in the prepaid envelope provided.
If anyone has been added to the form, they will still need to register to vote individually. They will need to provide their date of birth and national insurance number to complete their registration.