Don’t lose your voice - residents urged to look out for their voter registration details in the post

Local residents are being warned not to lose their voice on matters that affect them...

Published: Tuesday, 13th August 2019

By completing their annual canvass (Household Enquiry) Form (being delivered from 9 to 19 August) and returning it to their local authority as soon as possible.

With ward council elections taking place in Watford in May 2020, plus any other unscheduled local or national in the meantime, this is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they can take part. The form ensures that Watford Borough Council can keep the electoral register up to date and identify any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so. If the form is completed promptly, it will also keep costs and inconvenience down by avoiding the need to canvass and deliver additional reminder forms to outstanding addresses.

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 elections in May 2020, 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 form. The easiest way to register 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 respond to the Household Enquiry form.”

The initial e-registration canvass has also started and those who requested to complete their canvass response online (www.watford.gov.uk/ecanvass) would have received an email with security codes and instruction to complete their return. If you have not advised previously that you would like to complete your electoral registration online, please make sure you provide your email address on the paper copy of the Household Enquiry Form prior to return.

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’re already and continue to be 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 at 01923 278369 or email elections@watford.gov.uk

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