THE electoral register for the Isle of Wight is to be updated.
Forms have been sent to homes across the Island this week, which should be completed before before November 15. The information required on the form must be supplied by law.
The form allows changes to the names of those registered as electors at an address, and even if there have been no changes to the people living in the house, the form must be returned.
Those not on the register are not entitled to vote in an election.
The register can be used to check people’s identity when they apply for credit, and if you are not registered at the address you give on your loan application, you may be refused credit, or at least find it more difficult to obtain, the Isle of Wight Council said.
Residents have a choice about whether their details can be sold to commercial organisations.
This choice was introduced in 2002, and if you wish your details to be excluded from the edited register – as the commercially available register is known – then you need to tick the relevant column on the form.
Everyone’s name must appear on the full register, but this is only used by certain statutory bodies and organisations, and they are not allowed by law to pass the details on to any other parties.
The council urged people to complete the form before November 15.
"The council is obliged to send a reminder form to every house that does not return the first form, an expensive and time consuming process," said a spokesman.
If your household has not received a canvas form by the end of October, then please call the Electoral Services office at the council on 821000.