Annual Canvass 2018- Don't Lose your Voice !
Released on 20 September 2018
ANNUAL CANVASS 2018
Don't lose your voice - residents in South Staffordshire are urged to look out for their voter registration details in the post.
Local residents are being warned not to lose their voice on matters that affect them by completing their annual canvass form and returning it to their local authority as soon as possible.
With all out District and Parish elections taking place in South Staffordshire in May 2019, this is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they can take part.
The form ensures that South Staffordshire can keep the electoral register up to date and identify any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so. This will mean that residents will be able take part in any future elections.
Dave Heywood, Electoral Registration Officer at South Staffordshire 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 household in South Staffordshire. 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. 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."
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 sixteen years will be registered compared to 40% 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 their local registration team at Elections@sstaffs.gov.uk or by telephone 01902696121.
For further details contact
South Staffordshire District Council
Tel: 01902 696000