PEOPLE in Ludlow and south Shropshire are being urged to make sure that they are eligible to vote in the general election next month.

It is important that people make sure that they are properly registered, or they could risk being refused a vote when they turn up at the polling station.

People who are away should also make sure that they have a postal or proxy vote.

This is something that people may wish to consider if they are worried about their ability to get to their polling station in the event of bad winter weather.

Everyone should complete the Household Enquiry Form every year to ensure they keep their vote.

People will be okay if they responded to the form that came by post a few weeks and probably still okay if they didn’t.

Some residents may wish to register for a postal vote.

“This is a winter vote and there is no predicting what the weather will be like,” said Andy Boddington. Shropshire councillor for Ludlow North.

“You might also be sunning yourself on a beach somewhere. In which case, I will be envious. Whatever your situation, you might think a postal vote more convenient for this election.”

Voter registration arrangements changed in 2015.

Residents must now reply to the annual canvass (Household Enquiry Form) every year to retain a vote, although there will be reminders if they have failed to do so.

Removal from the register is a last resort if someone hasn’t responded to the canvass and reminders. No one can register on behalf of someone else, but they can help fill out the forms. The deadline to register for this election is midnight on Tuesday, November 26.

The easiest way to register is online which requires a National Insurance number. It is possible to change address or other details. Residents can register by filling out a form and sending to: Electoral Services, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury SY2 6ND.