THOUSANDS of households in southern Oxfordshire are urged to confirm their voter registration details.

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils sent a 'canvass communication form' to every home over the summer asking people to confirm the details of everyone over the age of 16 that lives in the property.

However, with almost 20,000 residents in the area failing to respond, the councils are now sending a second form to households.

People who receive the yellow reminder are asked to respond immediately to assist the local authorities.

Households whose occupants have turned 16 since last year will also receive the form.

Electoral registration officer for South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils Margaret Reed revealed why this is so important.

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She commented: "We would like to thank everyone who needed to respond to our first letter and did so.

"However, there are around thousands of homes we are yet to hear from whose occupants over the age of 16 may have changed since last year.

"We are now writing to these homes again asking the residents to confirm their details.

"If you receive a reminder letter please respond as soon as possible.

"This will help to ensure that we do not have to spend unnecessary time and resources contacting properties again in the autumn to confirm their details."

Ms Reed said that the reminder letters will explain exactly what occupants need to do to register.

She also added that it is vital that people carefully follow the instructions to confirm any changes in their households.

The easiest way to do this is by visiting and use the two-part code on the yellow letter to do this.