94 out of every 100 people in South Tyneside are registered to vote, for them, that means not only having their say in their borough and in who runs Britain, but also being registered means they could improve their credit rating.
Household Enquiry Forms
Time is running out to return the household enquiry form that was posted to you recently.
In July the electoral registration office sent a household enquiry form to every residential property in the Borough. In August and October reminder forms were delivered to the properties that did not respond to the first form.
The form lists all the people living at your property that we currently have on the register of electors. If you have received a reminder form you should check the details printed on it and respond immediately - even if there are no changes.
The deadline to respond is Thursday 22 November 2018. You can respond online, by phone or by post. More details on how to respond will be printed on the form.
It's important that you provide the information requested, if you don't, Government rules mean you could be fined £1000.
How to respond to the Household Enquiry Form
We need you to respond now (even if there are no changes). Thankfully, responding is quick and simple.
Go to www.householdresponse.com/South-Tyneside and enter part 1 and part 2 of the security code that is printed on your form. It is quick and easy and you can do everything in one place, including:
- confirm there are no changes
- add new residents
If there are no changes you can also respond by telephone by calling 0800 197 9871 and when prompted enter part 1 and part 2 of the security code that is printed on your form, or text NO CHANGE followed by part 1 and 2 of the security code to 80212 (standard network charges apply)
If you don't have access to a computer, tablet or smart phone you can complete the form and post it back in the envelope provided (postage is free).
All new residents will need to apply to register to vote. If you respond to the Household Enquiry Form online you will be directed to the online voter registration site where you can give all of the details needed to apply to register to vote (name, date of birth and national insurance number).
If you don't have all the details or, you return the form by post, we will send a separate registration form to each person.
How to apply to register to vote
- Go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
- Fill in your name, address, date of birth and a few other details. You'll also need your national insurance number, which can be found on your national insurance card, or in official paperwork such as payslips, or letters about benefits or tax credits.
- Look out for a confirmation to say you're registered.
If you do not have access to the internet, you can phone us on 0191 427 7000 and we can complete your application over the phone.
Information about how we handle your personal data is available on the council's Privacy Notice.
Ways to vote
You can vote at a polling station, or you can apply for a postal vote. Find out more about How to vote.
When will my details be included on the register of electors?
The revised register of electors will be published on 1st December 2018.
The last day to apply to register to vote is 22 November to be included on the 1st December register.
Who is eligible to register to vote?
You can register to vote in the UK if you are:
- resident (usually live) in the UK, and aged 16 or over (but you will not be able to vote until you are 18)
You must also be either:
- a British, Irish or European Union citizen, or
- a Commonwealth citizen who has leave to remain in the UK or who does not require leave to remain in the UK
Why should I register?
You need to register to be able to vote. If you aren't registered to vote, you won't have the chance to have a say on who represents you.
Some people also register to vote because they want to apply for credit. This is because credit reference agencies use the register to confirm where someone lives when they apply for credit to counteract fraud.
What if I don't register?
Not only will you not have a say at future elections and referendums, but if you don't respond to requests for information from the electoral registration office you could be at risk of getting fined £80.
It's important you register to vote now. If your name is missing from the electoral register you don't get a say in how things are run.
The Electoral Registers
Using information received from the public, registration officers keep two registers - the electoral register and the open register (also known as the edited register).
The electoral register
The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in public elections. The register is used for electoral purposes, such as making sure only eligible people can vote. It is also used for other limited purposes specified in law, such as detecting crime (e.g. fraud), calling people for jury service and checking credit applications.
The open register
The open register is an extract of the electoral register, but is not used for elections. It can be bought by any person, company or organisation. For example, it is used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details. Your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed. Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote.
If you would like to remove your name from the open register, please call 0191 427 7000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org stating your name, full address and you want your name to be taken off the edited register. You will receive a letter to tell you that your details have been removed.
Register to vote (British Sign Language):