Richmondshire residents are being urged not to ‘lose their voice’ – and look out for their voter registration details in the post.
They are being encouraged to complete their annual canvass form and return it to the district council as soon as possible.
With district and parish council elections taking place in Richmondshire in May next year, officials say this is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they can take part.
The form ensures that Richmondshire District Council can keep the electoral register up to date and identify any residents who are not registered. Only by being registered can residents take part in elections.
Tony Clark, electoral registration officer at Richmondshire District Council, said: It’s important that residents respond as soon as possible, so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in the district. To make sure you are able to have your say at elections taking place next year, 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. We will also be sending information explaining how to do this in the post. In any case, you will still need to complete the annual canvass form.”
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, 94% of people who have been at their property for more than 16 years will be registered, compared to 40% of people who have lived at an address for less than one year.
Any residents who have any questions can contact the elections team at Richmondshire on 01748 829100 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org