Residents living in Hertsmere are receiving a form asking them to check and update information that appears on the electoral register for their address.
Forms are being sent by the council to all 43,000 residential addresses in the borough to make sure the electoral register is up to date, identify any residents who are not registered and to encourage them to do so.
Jo Bateman, Electoral Registration Officer at Hertsmere Borough Council, said: "It’s important that residents respond, so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in Hertsmere. To make sure you are able to have your say at future elections, simply check the form when it arrives and respond as soon as you can.
“If you’re not currently registered, your name will not appear on the form. 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. In any case, you will still need to complete the form and send it back to us.”
People who have moved address recently are particularly encouraged to keep an eye out for the form and check the details. Research by the independent Electoral Commission indicates that recent home movers are far less likely to
be registered than those that have lived at the same address for a long time. Across Great Britain, 96% of people who have been at their property for more than sixteen years will be registered, compared to 27% 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; checking the form that will arrive through the post is one of the
easiest ways to find out if you are already registered. There’s lots of helpful information about registering to vote on our website www.yourvotematters.co.uk
Any residents who have any questions can contact the elections team on email firstname.lastname@example.org
or by calling 020 8207 7481.
Posted on Tuesday 15th August 2017