Visits to complete register

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HOUSEHOLD visits begin this weekend to remind people that the electoral register is being updated.

The updated register is the basis for the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner’s (PCC) election in November.

A police commissioner is a new elected role that will replace police authorities.

PCCs will not run the police, but will be responsible for holding the Chief Constable to account for the public.

The electoral register will be published six weeks earlier than usual, on Tuesday, October 16, because of the vote.

Being on the register means voters are making sure they will be able to have their say on who becomes commissioner.

Registration and reminder forms have already been posted to city households and the next process in the update is the door-to-door canvassing.

Dave Smith, Northumbria Police Area Returning Officer, said: “The household visit is to confirm the information required by law as to whether anyone is eligible at the address and should be included on Sunderland’s Register of Electors.

“Even if elector’s details remain unchanged from last year, the council still needs to confirm these for when it updates the register.”

On the last register there were more than 218,000 registered voters in Sunderland.

More than 60,000 properties have still to return their forms this year.