Watford households urged to return electoral canvass forms

Watford households are being urged to complete and return their annual canvass forms...

Published: Thursday, 12th September 2019

By-election announced for Tudor Ward, 10 October

Following the resignation of Councillor Joe Fahmy, a by-election will be held in Tudor Ward on 10 October.

Residents are being urged to complete and return the annual canvass forms sent to them in August detailing the eligible voters in their household. This is a survey carried out every year in order to make sure that the register of electors is kept up-to-date.

All new electors are being advised to register online before 24 September at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote so they can cast their vote on 10 October.  Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm. The deadline for new applications to vote by post must be received by 5pm on 25 September.

Full details on the by-election can be found at www.watford.gov.uk/info/20248/elections_and_voting/461/2019_elections/3

Watford households urged to return electoral canvass forms

Watford households are being urged to complete and return their annual canvass forms.  The canvass is a type of survey carried out every year to make sure that the local register of electors is kept up to date.

The forms, which were delivered by post to each household in August should have been returned to Watford Borough Council. Prompt return ensures costs are kept to a minimum, by avoiding the need to print reminders and council staff visit.

The Elections Manager at Watford Borough Council said “So far just under 60% of households have returned their annual canvass forms. By law, you have to respond confirming the details – even if the form shows the correct information about your household, or you risk being issued with a fine.”

All new electors are being advised to register online as soon as possible at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote so they can cast their vote in the next election or contact the council’s Electoral Services Office without delay.

Residents eligible to vote are:

  • People aged 18 years or over
  • British, Irish or EU citizens
  • A commonwealth citizen who has permission to remain in the UK

The Elections Manager concluded “We want to make sure that everyone eligible is registered and able to vote in the next local and national elections. Please help us to ensure the Watford voters register is complete and accurate to uphold the democratic process within the Borough”

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