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West Suffolk Council issues reminder to residents over electoral registration

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With local elections scheduled for May, West Suffolk Council has issued a reminder for residents to make sure their electoral registration details are up to date.

For the third year running, the council will contacting households by email and text messages to remind them to register.

In addition, postal forms are being sent out to unregistered households, with in-person visits scheduled for the autumn for those who do not respond.

Unregistered households are to be contacted by the council within the coming year.
Unregistered households are to be contacted by the council within the coming year.

This is to prevent them from losing their voice in upcoming elections.

Councillor John Griffiths, the leader of West Suffolk Council, said: “We are asking residents to keep an eye out for our annual canvass communications, to help us make sure we have the right details on the electoral register.

"We are contacting over 80,000 households with easy instructions to follow to ensure you are registered and able to have your say at elections.

"The communication may be an email, text or posted form, depending on the information you have supplied in the past and includes a unique code that allows you to go online to securely check and update your details.

"We have used this method in past years. It is secure, makes it easier for people to respond and register as well as making the system more efficient, also saving money for taxpayers.

"It is of course important that everyone who is entitled to vote is able to do so and making sure you provide the necessary information will help us ensure the process runs as smoothly as possible."

Electoral registration can be completed online via the government's website.