Nearly 5,000 households out of around 40,000 in Watford have not yet responded to their voter registration forms.
They are being urged to do so as soon as possible, to make sure they can vote in the Mayoral election in May 2018.
Watford Borough Council has been contacting residents for more than two months to ask them to make sure their details are up to date on the electoral register.
Most have now responded, but council canvassers are now calling at the homes of those who haven’t to give them a gentle reminder that they need to. All staff taking part will carry ID
Household Enquiry Forms – detailing what needs to be done – have been sent to each of the 39,599 households in Watford. The form lists all the people currently on the electoral role at each address. Residents are asked to carefully check the details included on the form and respond without delay.
If all the details are correct – you simply confirm that no change is required, or if changes are needed, then household members can be added, removed or updated accordingly.
- The easiest way to make any changes is online – simply follow the ‘CHANGES required’ section on the form. Alternatively, the form needs to be signed, dated and posted back to the council as soon as possible.
- If all the details are correct, residents can confirm their registration online or by text, phone (freephone number) or post – follow the ‘NO CHANGES needed’ section on the form.
Elected Mayor of Watford Dorothy Thornhill said: “Registering to vote is quick and easy and once it’s done, you won’t need to worry about it again until next year. It is the only way of making sure you have a vote at elections including next year’s Mayoral election to decide who steps into my shoes when I stand down in May after 16 years. You are not automatically registered if you pay council tax or if you have previously registered. Please don’t lose your chance to have your say.”
The responses to the council’s electoral canvas will be used in the publication of the updated 2017/18 electoral register. Residents who have recently moved home are less likely to be registered, so are asked to take particular care when responding to our electoral canvas.
Residents who haven’t yet responded are asked to read the household form for full details of what to do. Please contact the council on 01923 278369 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need further assistance.
In May 2018 residents will be able to vote for a new Mayor of Watford, as well as some new ward councillors, but only if they are registered to vote.