Households in Wellingborough are now receiving their yearly ‘Household Enquiry Form’.
The council is required by law to confirm whether the details of every household in the borough of Wellingborough are the same as the current details held on the Electoral Register – this is known as the “annual canvass”.
There are a variety of options on how to respond to the form – including online - and further details can be found on the council’s website as well as on the form itself.
Paying council tax does not mean that you are registered to vote. If you’re not registered to vote, it can affect applications for credit, so if you are not registered you could struggle to get loans, mortgages, credit cards and even mobile phone contracts.
Completing the form is straightforward but anyone who needs some assistance can look at the website for guidance or contact the council.
If you do not respond to the Household Enquiry Form, then your property will be visited by a canvasser (who will carry identification) who can complete the form with whoever is resident at the property on their doorstep. The requirement to visit the property is something the Electoral Registration Officer must do by law.
People who aren’t registered may feel they don’t want to vote right now, but elections can be called at very short notice. If an issue comes up that you do want to have a say on, you’ll only be able to vote if you’re on the register.
If you’re not on the register, you can’t vote. It’s as simple as that.
Registering doesn’t mean you have to vote. It just means you can if you want to.
It’s your vote – don’t lose it!