Annual canvass 2021 - Don’t lose your voice!

The annual canvass is in progress

Residents in Lichfield District urged to check their voter registration details from Lichfield District Council.

Local residents are being warned not to lose their voice on decisions that affect them by making sure their electoral registration details are up to date.

With by-elections and neighbourhood plan referendums potentially taking place in Lichfield District, this is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they can take part.

The annual canvass ensures Lichfield District Council can keep the electoral register up to date, identifying any residents who are not registered to vote so that they can be encouraged to do so.

Tony McGovern, Electoral Registration Officer at Lichfield District Council, said:

“It’s important that residents look out for messages from the council, so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address across the district.

“We will send you a letter with the information we hold. Simply follow the instructions and only respond if asked to or if you need to make any changes, to make sure you are able to have your say.

“If you’re not registered, your name will not appear in the letter. Please follow the instructions and add your name. You will also need to register yourself - the easiest way is to register to vote online, or we’ll send you information explaining how to do this in the post.”

People who have moved recently are particularly encouraged to look out for the voter registration letter and check the details.

Research by the Electoral Commission, published in 2019, indicates that recent home movers are far less likely to be registered than those who have lived at the same address for a long time.

Across Britain, 92% of people who have been at their property for more than 16 years will be registered, compared to 36% of people who have lived at an address for less than one year.

Melanie Davidson, Head of Support & Improvement at the Electoral Commission, said:

“It’s really important that everyone who is entitled to vote is able to do so.

“Checking the messages that you will get from your local authority is the easiest way to see if you’re registered to vote.

“If you’re not, make sure you provide the necessary information to your local authority when it is needed and register to vote online.”

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Published: 9 August 2021