The local Electoral Registration Officer, Philip Simpkins, and his staff will be sending forms to all households in Bedford Borough over the coming months to compile the electoral register.
Mr Simpkins said: “Registering to vote is very simple. All you have to do is update the annual canvass form with the details of everyone in your household who is eligible to vote and return it to us as soon as possible.
“There was a lot of interest in last year’s elections and the referendum on the UK voting system and we were pleased with the increase in registration shortly before polling day. However, some people may not realise that they have to register every year.
“It is important that you complete and return the registration form so you’re able to take part in the upcoming election.”
On their electoral registration form residents can opt to have their details excluded from the edited register. This will mean your details cannot be bought by individuals and commercial organisations.
Not only does not registering mean you won’t be able to vote but it could also affect your credit rating. Also, under the law these forms must be returned each year, whether residents intend to vote or not. Failure to return the form could lead to a fine of up to £1,000.
For more information, contact the local Electoral Services Office on 01234 276922.
If your details haven’t changed you can reply using the online service (www.bedford.gov.uk/democracy) or using the freephone service 0800 025 3142.