Last Updated: 18 Jul 2017 11:47am
Households in Tonbridge and Malling will soon receive an important electoral registration form to fill in, as the Borough Council begins the process of renewing its Register of Electors.
Residents must be registered to vote in order to be able to vote in future elections or in any referendum that may take place. Every household must complete the form, even if they have voted in recent elections. The form will be delivered to homes next week (from 26 July).
Julie Beilby, Electoral Registration Officer and Chief Executive of Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council, explains the process: "Completing the Household form is extremely important because we need to know who is living at your address so we can help ensure that they are registered to vote. We don't get this information from council tax records or from any other organisations so we need to hear from you, even if you have voted in recent elections.
"The form is easy to fill in – if the details already printed on the form are correct and you don't need to make any changes, you can tell us online or by telephone for free or by text message using the details on the form. If you do have changes to make, you can respond online or by completing and returning the paper form we send to you. You can also tell us if you would like to vote by post so that you don't miss your chance to vote even if you are away on polling day.
"But if you add people to the form, as well as telling us that they live at your address, they will also need to register to vote themselves. Once we know who they are, we will send them a paper form or they can register here.
"So, please complete your form as soon as possible and make sure you don't 'lose your voice' at future elections. Each response we receive now will also save the Council money, as we won't need to send you a reminder, helping us to work in the most efficient way."