Calling on residents for help to get the register right
Last Modified September 26, 2018
As the council's annual canvass continues, households across Hertsmere are being asked to check the information that appears about them on the electoral register.
Hertsmere Borough Council has sent forms 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.
Council officers will soon be calling at addresses of those who haven't yet responded, around 10,000 in total, to stress the importance of checking the form so that everyone is able to have their say at elections.
Sam Langford, Electoral Services Manager, said: “Anyone that wants to vote must be registered. To make sure you are able to have your say at elections, we need householders to simply check their form and return it.
"The job of the canvassers is to call at addresses where householders haven't yet responded, so that we can urge them to check the information and get back to us.
"Calling door to door also enables us to answer any questions about the electoral register or voting that householders may have."
With whole council elections taking place in Hertsmere Borough Council in May 2019, this is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they can take part.
Sam adds: “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.”
It’s particularly important that anyone who has moved address recently looks out for the form and checks whether they are registered. 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, 94% of people who have been at their property for more than sixteen years will be registered, compared to 40% of people who have lived at an address for less than one year.
Residents who have any questions can contact the elections team on 020 8207 7481 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The canvass is scheduled to end 30 November.
Our canvassers will be out and about from Saturday 6 October and all our staff carry ID badges.
Posted on Wednesday 26th September 2018