Local residents are being warned not to lose their voice on matters that affect them by checking the detail on their household notification letter...
Local residents are being warned not to lose their voice on matters that affect them by checking the detail on their household notification letter and following the instruction as soon as possible if any addition, deletion or amendment is required.
With local ward elections taking place in Watford in May 2019, this is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they can take part.
The letter ensures that Watford Borough Council can keep the electoral register up to date and ready for residents to be able to take part in any future elections or referenda.
Gordon Amos, Electoral Services Manager at Watford Borough Council said: “It’s important that residents respond as soon as possible, so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in Watford. To make sure you are able to have your say at the upcoming elections, simply check the form when it arrives and respond as soon as you can.
“If you’re not currently registered, your name will not appear on the letter. If you want to register, the easiest way is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote, or we’ll send you information explaining how to do this in the post. In any case, you will still need to complete the form and send it back to us.”
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.
Melanie Davidson, Head of Support and Improvement at the Electoral Commission, said: “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 www.yourvotematters.co.uk.”
Any residents who have any questions can contact their local registration team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or 01923 278369