A SOUTH Yorkshire council has been praised for a programme which helps voters register.
Almost 17,000 households have registered with the e-voter scheme in Barnsley since its launch in mid-August.
Most households simply need to confirm the information printed on their electoral registration forms is still correct, by phone, internet or text.
Deputy leader Coun Jim Andrews said: “It is clear Barnsley people have taken the message on board and are using the various e-options to make sure they do not lose their right to vote. The options are easy to use and are a lot cheaper to run.
“I am asking everyone who has not yet responded, and whose household details have not changed, to register by using one of the e-options. If they do, we can make sure they stay on the electoral register and the cost will be pennies rather than pounds.”