As many as 20,000 voters in Reading and 10,000 in Wokingham risk losing the chance to decide on the identity of the people who will represent them because they have not completed electoral registration forms.
Canvassers from councils across the county have been knocking on doors in an attempt to track down these missing people, warning that there is a legal duty on every household to ensure they are on the electoral register and that paying your Council Taxes or registering for other services does not give you the vote.
Redlands' Cllr Daisy Benson notes that the official audit will conclude on 22nd November and that this it is important to ensure election fraud can't cheat residents of their real choices.
This is particularly relevant locally, given that postal vote fraud has twice been confirmed in Berkshire in recent years.
In 2005 Labour benefited from vote rigging in central Reading, while a Conservative candidate was sent to prison for committing similar offences in Slough in 2007.
Meanwhile communications guru Neville Hobson advertises a couple of techie solutions:
- Online at a special website
- A phone call to an automated freephone service
- A text message by SMS from my mobile phone
- Return the paper canvass form in the post
Update: Rachel Eden expresses concern that anyone might lose there vote by not registering.