Watford Borough Council has sent forms to 38,600 homes as part of its annual voter registration canvass to help keep the electoral register up-to-date.
The annual canvass – which collects the details of everyone who should be on the electoral roll at each of the homes in the area – began at the weekend. Most of the voter registration forms have now been delivered, but so far less than 10 per cent of them have been responded to.
Electoral Services Manager Gordon Amos said: “When this form arrives, please do not delay – respond. Details on how to respond are included on the form.
“If your name is missing from the household enquiry form, respond by internet or return the form. So that you can vote in future elections, you will also need to register. This can be done online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote now and avoid the need for another form. However if you do receive an invitation to register form, please respond promptly.
“It’s particularly important that anyone who has moved into a new home over the past 12 months checks the form to see if they are registered correctly.”
The council is committed to keeping its electoral register up-to-date and accurate, and the canvass is part of that process. Residents need to check and, if necessary, update the electoral register information printed on the form for people living at that address.
Forms need to be returned to the council even if there are no changes, although responses can be made by internet, phone or text as directed on the form.
Elections for Watford Borough Council and Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner are being held in May 2016. The borough elections will be for the whole council following the current boundary review, with all 36 council seats up for election. Anyone who wants to vote must be registered. Anyone not listed on the household enquiry form is not registered to vote.