Electoral canvass forms were delivered to around 270,000 households in Grampian in October, but so far more than 93,000 households have failed to respond and Grampian Electoral Registration Officer, Ian Milton, is concerned some may lose their right to a say in these key ballots.
With the Scottish independence referendum just ten months away and with only six months until the European Parliamentary election, residents in the north east are being reminded to make sure they can take part.
Those households failing to make a return could find that they will be unable to cast their votes in 2014. By law, failure to return a form for two consecutive years results in names being removed from the Electoral Register and currently, nearly 22,000 electors in Grampian are in danger of being removed from the register to be published in March 2014.
Residents have a second chance to ensure they are correctly registered when a reminder is delivered by post or a doorstep canvasser starting on Monday 18 December.
Householders should confirm details on the Electoral Register are accurate by responding using the dedicated freephone, text or internet registration service.
Alternatively, if there are changes to existing details, the forms should be completed and returned in the postage-paid envelope provided.
The canvass form contains options for electors who wish to avoid “junk mail” or request a postal vote application form.
Regardless of whether you are interested in voting or not, all households must respond to the canvass or face the possibility of a £1,000 fine.
If anyone needs assistance in making their response, the Electoral Registration Officer can offer practical assistance.
If you have any questions regarding Electoral Registration or need help in responding to the canvass form please telephone 01224 664848, email firstname.lastname@example.org, web www.voteaberdeenshire.org, or write or visit the
Electoral Registration Office