Date Published: 16 July 2018
Rutland residents are being encouraged to make sure they have a voice on matters that affect them by taking part in the County’s Annual Canvass of Electors.
Household Enquiry Forms have begun arriving at Rutland homes this week as part of the annual canvass. This is so Rutland County Council can keep the electoral register up-to-date for all local households and identify anyone not currently signed up to vote, so they can be invited to register.
With local elections taking place in Rutland in May 2019, the Annual Canvass of Electors is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they can take part.
“It’s important that residents respond to the annual canvass as soon as possible, so that we can check we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in the county. Once you receive your Household Enquiry Form simply check your information and respond as soon as you can. The quickest and easiest way to take part is online but you can also respond by text message or post. Regardless of how you respond, the most important thing is that you reply with the relevant information so that we can make sure your details are correct.”
Helen Briggs, Electoral Registration Officer at Rutland Country Council
If a member of your household is not currently registered to vote their name will not appear on the Household Enquiry Form. The easiest way for them to register is via the national GOV.UK website. Printed application forms are also available on request.
If your details do appear on the Household Enquiry Form you still need to respond to the annual canvass to confirm that this information is correct.
People who have moved address recently are particularly encouraged to keep an eye out for the form and check their 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.
“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.”
Melanie Davidson, Head of Support and Improvement at the Electoral Commission
Anyone with questions about Rutland’s annual canvass can contact our Elections Team by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01572 722 577.