PEOPLE are being urged to make sure they are registered to vote.
This month Durham County Council will begin updating the electoral register, which lists everyone in the county entitled to vote.
Residents are being reminded that unless they are included on the register, they will not be able to vote in forthcoming elections.
Each household in the county will soon receive a form showing people registered at that address.
People are asked to check that the details on the form are correct.
If any details have changed, the form should be amended, signed and returned immediately in the pre-paid envelope provided.
If there are no changes people are asked to let the council know by telephone, internet or text – details are included on the form.
People can also notify the council that there are no changes by signing and returning the form in the post.
On November 15, voters will be asked to elect the county’s first Police and Crime Commissioner, and on May 2, next year, elections will be held for the county, parish and town councils.
Colette Longbottom, head of legal and democratic services, said: “There are two important elections coming up in the next 12 months and unless people are registered to vote they will not be able to take part.”