Tandridge District Council is warning residents they could lose their voice on matters which affect them if they don’t check their annual canvass form as soon as possible.
With local elections taking place in May 2019, the canvass form is how residents can make sure they’re able to vote next year. Everyone should have received one in the post and it is important they are checked and updated online, or returned by post.
The returned forms are used to make sure the electoral register is up to date and encourage any residents who are not on the register to sign up so they can vote in local elections.
People who have recently moved are particularly encouraged to keep an eye out for the form and check the details. Research by the independent Electoral Commission shows recent home movers are far less likely to be registered than those who have lived at the same address for a long time.
Louise Round, Chief Executive at Tandridge District Council, said: “It’s important residents respond as soon as possible, so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in Tandridge. To have your say in next year’s elections, simply check the form when it arrives and respond as soon as you can. It’s easy to do it online or you can send it back in the post. If you’re not currently registered, your name will not appear on the form. The easiest way to register is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote”
Melanie Davidson, Head of Support and Improvement at the Electoral Commission, said: “It’s really important everyone who is entitled to vote is able to do so. Checking the form which will arrive in the post is one of the easiest ways to find out if you are already registered. There’s also a lot of helpful information about registering to vote on www.yourvotematters.co.uk”
Anyone with any questions about the form, voting or the electoral register should visit www.tandridge.gov.uk/voting
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