People living in Wellingborough are being urged to look out for the yellow electoral registration forms set to drop through their letterboxes from the start of November.
Filling in and returning the form will ensure people can have their say in next year’s elections.
Paula Lawton, elections manager at Wellingborough Council, said: “Completing the yellow form now means that the electoral register is as up to date as possible ahead of next year’s elections.
“Put simply, if you’re not on the register, you can’t vote.
“Not being on the register can also affect your application for credit, and if someone remains on the register after they’ve moved out then they could get credit at your address.
“So it’s very important that when the form comes through the letterbox, you check the details carefully.
“You then need to tell us whether or not anything has changed.
“Responding to the yellow form every year, even if the details on it remain exactly the same, is the only way to make sure you are on the register.”
If there are no changes to be made on the form, the council is encouraging people to complete electoral registration online, by text or by phone.
Easy to follow instructions are printed on the back of the form, helping people understand what to do if pre-printed names are incorrect or previous owners are listed.
A pre-paid envelope will be included with the form.
Not responding to the form is an offence which carries a penalty of up to £1,000.
The new electoral register will be published on February 17, 2014.
Elections to the European Parliament will take place on May 22 next year.
If residents don’t receive their form, or would like more information about the electoral registration process, they can call the council’s elections team on 01933 231513.
Forms can also be printed off at http://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/