Don’t lose your voice – residents in Epsom and Ewell urged to look out for their voter registration details in the post
The annual canvass is a review of the electoral register, which Epsom & Ewell Borough Council must carry out every year. Forms are on their way to every residential address in the borough. Residents need to look out for their annual canvass form in the post, check and update information that appears on the electoral register for their address and make sure that they respond either online, by telephone or post.
The next scheduled elections are the Police & Crime Commissioner elections taking place in Epsom and Ewell in May 2020, this is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they can take part. If your name is not on the electoral register, you won’t be able to vote in any elections.
The form is to ensure that the electoral register is 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.
If you’re not on the register, you may find it difficult when applying for mortgages, loans, insurance or credit, as credit reference agencies use the register to check addresses of applicants. Registering to pay council tax does not automatically register you to vote.
If you’re not currently registered to vote, the easiest way to register is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or we’ll send you a registration form 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.
Please remember that you are required by law to complete and return the form, even if you are not eligible to vote in the UK, or if you are already registered and are on the register. Failure to return the completed form is an offence, which could lead to a fine of up to £1,000.
For further information on the annual canvass for Epsom and Ewell visit www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk
For more information about registering to vote visit the Electoral Commission’s website www.yourvotematters.co.uk