Residents urged to take action over reminder notices

Householders are reminded to return forms
Householders are reminded to return forms

Reminders will be sent out to more than 180,000 households in Glasgow this week as part of Glasgow City Council’s annual household enquiry canvass to establish who is eligible to vote in the city.

At the beginning of August every household in Glasgow received a household enquiry form detailing the information the council holds on who is currently registered to vote at that address.

People were asked to respond to this letter regardless of whether their details had stayed the same or if things had changed in the household.

Reminders for those that have not yet responded will start arriving on door steps on Thursday (10 September).

Only one person in the household needs to respond and provide information but they must provide details of all the residents.

People can reply online at www.register-online.co.uk using the 10 digit security code or unique reference number printed on their household enquiry form, or by phone, post and in some cases by text. The reminder letter explains what to do and how to do this.

Responding to this letter however does not register new electors in the household. Individual Electoral Registration requires each person not already on the voters’ role to register themselves.

The electoral registration system changed in September 2014 to a new system of Individual Electoral Registration (IER). Now every individual is responsible for their own voter registration.

If you have responded to their household enquiry form and advised there are new electors in the household, these individuals will also have to complete an individual registration application. This can be done online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or by phoning 0141 287 4444.

Hugh Munro, Electoral Registration Officer at Glasgow City Council, said: “We carry out a campaign each year to make sure that we hold the correct details for those that are entitled and eligible to vote in local, national and European elections and referendums.

“In addition we will continue our efforts to encourage young people aged 15 to 17 to register to vote as 16 and 17 years olds will be entitled to vote in the Scottish Parliamentary elections next year.”