2013 voter registration forms

A resident casts a vote at a polling station in Dogsthorpe
A resident casts a vote at a polling station in Dogsthorpe

Residents who have not completed and returned this year’s electoral registration forms can expect a knock at their door from Horsham District Council.

To update the Register of Electors for 2013, canvassers have been knocking on doors around the Horsham District to collect any unreturned forms.

The forms have been sent out earlier than usual this year because of the Police & Crime Commissioner elections taking place in Sussex on Thursday 15 November.

Horsham District Council, which runs all elections locally, first sent out forms to each of the households in the District in July and so far 53,625 (94.3 per cent) forms have been returned.

However, there are still 3,257 properties that haven’t responded despite three forms. It is a legal requirement for everyone who is eligible to vote to register.

To try and obtain a response from these properties - and offer help where necessary - personal canvassers from Horsham District Council have been door knocking in the district.

All canvassers will have identity badges and a new form for electors to complete.

The responses are used in the compilation of the Register of Electors which this year will come into force on 16 October 2012. Credit companies use the electoral register as a check, so for example anyone wanting to buy some audio equipment or a car, open a bank or building society account or take out a loan will need to be on the electoral register.

For more information please contact Horsham District Council on 01403 215126 or email elections@horsham.gov.uk