Birmingham residents are being urged to ensure they are on the electoral register so they will have the chance to vote in the election for a Police and Crime Commissioner.
Every year Birmingham City Council’s elections office compiles a new electoral register by sending out forms to every property in the city.
This year’s canvass is happening earlier than usual due to the inaugural Police and Crime Commissioner election on 15 November.
A council spokesman said: “If people don’t register not only could they lose their right to vote, it could affect their ability to obtain credit as not appearing on the electoral register can deter lenders and mobile phone companies from giving credit.”
If no changes need to be made to the form people can confirm their registration :
By freephone: Call 0808 284 1505 (24 hours) – When prompted, please enter both parts of your security code. You will be asked to key in your date of birth as a security measure. (This service is free, but mobile networks may charge)
By internet: Website - www.elecreg.co.uk/birmingham – When prompted, please enter both parts of your security code.
To register by text message (SMS): Text 07786 209 405 - Text the two security codes, separated by a space, to 07786 209 405.
If you register in one of these ways, there is no need to send the form back to us.
Further information, along with the security codes you need to register using these methods, is available on the household form you have received.
If your information has changed, please post the form back using the FREEPOST envelope provided.
Anyone who has not received a form, or who has any queries, should call the elections office on 0121 303 2731 or call in at 150 Great Charles Street, B3 3HS (next to the chest clinic).
People should respond by 23 July 2012, or they will be sent a reminder form.