IF you haven't responded to your electoral registration form yet, make sure you do so soon.
The annual canvass is required by law and is when local authorities check the electoral register to make sure eligible residents are registered to vote.
Over the next month properties across Tameside will be receiving different kinds of communication depending on whether data suggest there have been changes in household occupancy. They only need to respond if changes have taken place.
Generally it will be by letter but it could be by email, text, telephone or even a personal call. What is important is that you respond promptly so that you're sure of being included on the electoral register, which is a legal requirement.
People who don't register will not only be unable to vote and express their views through the ballot box, they could also find it difficult to get credit or a mobile phone account.
Fortunately, the process couldn't be easier. All you need to do is visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and make sure you have your National Insurance number to hand. The service is available round the clock, seven days a week.
Although only people aged 18 can vote, all 16 and 17-year-olds should respond to the canvass to make sure they are eligible to do so as soon as they come of age.
Tameside Council's chief executive and electoral registration officer, Steven Pleasant, said: "Registering to vote is quick and simple, and can be done within 60 seconds. It's your vote, don't lose it."