All households in the Wyre Forest district will soon be receiving a form asking residents to check whether their information which appears on the electoral register is correct. This is part of Wyre Forest District Council’s annual voter registration canvass.
The aim of the form is to make sure that the electoral register is up to date. It is also to identify any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so.
Local District and Parish Council elections and Police and Crime Commissioner elections are taking place in May 2016. This is an opportunity for residents to make sure that when the elections take place they will easily be able to take part.
Ian Miller, Electoral Registration Officer at Wyre Forest District Council said:
“Anyone who wants to vote must be registered. To make sure you are able to have your say at the elections next year, simply check the form when it arrives and return it as promptly as possible. If all the details are correct, the easiest ways to return it are online, by text or by phone, and the letter explains how to do this.”
“If you’re not currently registered, we’ll send you information explaining how to do this or you can simply go online to apply to register at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote . Being on the electoral register also helps with your credit rating, as many companies check it when people apply for credit, such as a mortgage or credit card.”
It is also 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, across Great Britain, people who have moved home recently are far less likely to be registered than those that have lived at the same address for a long time. The research showed that 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.
The same research indicates that whilst almost 95% of outright home owners are registered, this is the case for only 63% of private renters.
Kay Jenkins, Head of English regions at the Electoral Commission said:
“The annual canvass is an opportunity for people to easily check whether they’re registered. It’s essential for a healthy democracy that everyone who is entitled to vote is able to, and for those who need to registering is now easier than ever with the online system of registration.”
“If you have changed address in the last year, it is particularly likely that you will need to register at your new address, so check the form as soon as it arrives.”