People in Leeds are being reminded that they must respond to their register of electors form by Friday 17 August.
Responding to the form is a legal requirement to ensure that people's names are on the electoral register in time to vote in the Police and Crime Commissioner elections on 15 November, and any other elections or referendums which may take place in 2013.
Leeds City Council will accept returns until 17 August. After that officers will, by law, have to make home visits in order to collect the information.
If there are no changes to make to the information pre printed on the form, you can respond by telephone, online or by text message. If there are changes to make, the form must be amended and returned by post.
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. A visit by a doorstep canvasser costs the council approximately £2.50 per household.
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, please make sure you get your response back by 17 August to avoid a home visit.
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;
Claire Macklam, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1578