Local residents are urged not to lose their voice on decisions that affect them by making sure their electoral registration details are up to date.
From August 2020, each property in Warwick district will receive their annual canvass form by email or post. The canvass ensures that Warwick District Council can keep the electoral register up to date, identify any residents who are not registered and encourage them to do so to ensure they can take part in future elections.
With elections and referendums taking place in May 2021, this is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they can take part.
Chris Elliott, Chief Executive, Returning Officer and Electoral Registration Officer at Warwick District Council said:
“It’s important that residents keep an eye out for messages from Warwick District Council, so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in District. To make sure you are able to have your say at elections and referendums taking place next year, simply follow the instructions on the form you receive.
“If you’re not currently registered, your name will not appear in the messages we send. If you want to register, the easiest way is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote, or we’ll send you information explaining how to do this in the post.”
“This year’s canvass, which we have to carry out by law, is taking place during a challenging public health situation. We are working to ensure that we take account of public health guidelines, including the continued importance of social distancing.”
People who have moved recently are particularly encouraged to look out for the voter registration messages and check the details. Research by the Electoral Commission indicates that recent home movers are far less likely to be registered than those who have lived at the same address for a long time. Across Great Britain, 92% of people who have been at their property for more than sixteen years will be registered, compared to 36% of people who have lived at an address for less than one year.
Melanie Davidson, Head of Support and Improvement at the Electoral Commission, said:
“It’s really important that everyone who is entitled to vote is able to do so. Making sure you provide the necessary information to your local authority when it is needed will ensure the process runs smoothly. This is particularly helpful in the current public health situation, as it will help avoid the need for home visits from canvassers."
“There’s lots of helpful information about registering to vote on our website ”
Any residents who have any questions can contact their local registration team at Warwick District Council (email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01926 456105
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