MORE people are registered to vote in County Durham than ever before.

At the General Election in May there were 392,749 people from County Durham on the electoral register.

People are being asked to check whether the voter information for their homes is correct.

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Durham County Council has to carry out an annual canvas of households to ensure its electoral register is up to date.

David Collingwood, Durham County Council’s electoral services manager, said: “It is important to respond to the request for information, even if there has been no change to the details, as otherwise people may be lost from the register and be unable to vote in future local and national elections.”

Between December 2015 and December 2016 rose from 377, 715 to 386,910, which a council spokesperson said was reflective of a national surge following the referendum of EU membership, held in June 2016.

The number of people registered to vote increased again for this year’s General Election, reaching 392,749.

To confirm details either return the form in the addressed envelope provided to all residents, call 0800 197 9871 or visit www.householdresponse.com.

If any of the information is incorrect, it can be amended on the form and returned to the council’s electoral services team.

For more information call 03000 261 212 or email electoralservices@durham.gov.uk.