Borough wants to top the polls when it comes to voter registration
Residents in Stafford Borough have been praised for being a national leader in elections. More than 82% of eligible voters across the borough have already ensured they are on the electoral register. And that figure suggests the borough is on track to beat the national average of around 87%.
Reminders were sent out last month to 19,000 properties urging people to register. People have to be registered so they can vote in elections and referendums – and failing to do so can land you a £1,000 fine.
Eligible residents have to register each year and people can do so by responding to the ‘Household Enquiry Form’.
Advice is available from www.staffordbc.gov.uk/how-do-you-register-to-vote or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01785 619424.
There are currently more than 100,000 people who are eligible to vote in Stafford Borough.
The borough already has a good reputation when it comes to attendance at the polls with figures for last year’s general election, and the EU referendum in 2016, both exceeding the average national turnout.
Borough Council Chief Executive, Tim Clegg, who is the Electoral Registration Officer, praised the tens of thousands of residents who had already registered.
He said: “It is great to hear that our residents are leading the way when it comes to exercising their democratic right. But I would encourage people to check with family members and friends to ensure they have registered too.
“Responding quickly to the registration forms ensures the council doesn’t have to send out reminders and therefore saves money from the tax payer’s purse.”
He added: “It is easy to register and you can do it very quickly especially online or by text which many of our residents now do.”
The local authority has also emailed hundreds of residents to encourage them to register before the deadline of Friday 21 September.