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Don't miss your right to vote

Published: 11/03/2016
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Residents across Lincoln are being reminded to return their Household Enquiry Form (HEF) as soon as possible to ensure their vote counts.

A HEF is issued to every household to make sure the electoral roll is kept up to date with the right information.

Anyone who doesn’t return the form could miss out on their right to vote. Not being on the electoral roll can also cause problems with credit reference agencies, which use the roll for credit reference checks.

Steve Swain, Principal Democratic Officer at City of Lincoln Council, said: “We would urge everyone to look out for their Household Enquiry Form and return it as soon as possible. It’s important to make sure the electoral roll is kept up to date so people will be able to exercise their right to vote next year.

“It’s really quick and easy to do - remember, it’s not only your right to vote that is affected if you aren’t on the electoral register but also your credit rating, which can affect your ability to get a loan, or a mortgage, or even a mobile phone contract.”

Last year saw the introduction of Individual Elector Registration, making it very individual’s responsibility to ensure they can vote, rather than filling out one form detailing every member of a household.

To ensure you keep your right to vote follow the instructions on the HEF and either return your form to the city council or go online.

For more information contact the council’s Democratic Services Team on 01522 873374 or email electoral@lincoln.gov.uk

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