People in Leeds are being reminded to make the most of modern methods to ensure their names are on the electoral register in time to vote in the Police and Crime Commissioner elections on 15 November.
Time is running out to return electoral registration forms, but Leeds City Council will still accept returns until August 15. After that officers will, by law, have to pay people home visits to collect the forms.
You should include the names of everyone eligible to vote in your household. If there are no changes to your details you can let the council know by text message, online or by calling a special Freephone number. Forms may also be returned free by post in the pre-paid envelope provided, although the council will save 30p for every household that uses text or internet instead.
Susanna Benton, Electoral Services Manager, Leeds City Council, said:
“The canvass is happening earlier this year due to the elections on 15 November. Households are encouraged to respond quickly so they don’t lose their right to vote.
“We have tried to make it as easy as possible for people to respond to us by making use of modern communication methods. It helps us tremendously in cutting down on costs if people can respond via text or online if their details are unchanged and makes the process quicker and easier for everyone.”
Whichever method you choose, make sure you get your response back as soon as possible. Doing this quickly will also save the council further costs in sending out reminders by post or following up with visits to homes to check details, as required by law.
People with no changes should email firstname.lastname@example.org, call Freephone 0808 284 1450, text 07786 209 350 or visit www.elecreg.co.uk/leeds to confirm this.
If you have further queries you can call the LCC elections helpline on 0113 224 4411. It is open from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.
For media enquiries please contact:
Donna Cox, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 224 3335