Residents prosecuted for not registering to vote

A local election polling station
A local election polling station

Three people are a total of £1,080 worse off after being prosecuted for failing to complete last year’s annual voter register.

And Corby Council is warning urging residents not to become the fourth as this year’s forms begin to land on doormats.

Earlier this year Sarah Bebbington of Waver Close, Corby, pleaded guilty to failing to return her voter registration form at Corby Magistrates Court and was fined £100.

Callan Stephanie St Rose, of Cooper Crescent, Corby was also prosecuted. She didn’t attend court but was found guilty in her absence and fined £350, as well as being and ordered to pay £200 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

And Jennifer Holgate of Dunnock Road, Corby, was also found guilty in her absence and fined £200, with £200 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Paul Goult, Corby Council’s deputy electoral registration officer, said: “Completing the annual register is a legal requirement, failing to complete it could lead to a fine of up to £1,000 and can affect your voting rights and credit rating.

“Prosecution is obviously the last resort and we have put in place several simple ways to fill out the form to make it as easy as possible for all residents. Now you can either fill it out and send it back using the pre-paid envelope or if you have no details to change you can complete it by internet, freephone or by text.

“We are hoping that after the 2012 forms go out we don’t have to prosecute anyone, and are asking that everyone takes five minutes to fill their forms in and get them back as soon as they can.”

For more information contact the council’s electoral services department on 01536 464014.