Chance to make sure your electoral register information is up to date

Households in East Devon will soon be receiving a form asking residents to check whether the information that appears on the electoral register for those living at their address is correct as part of East Devon’s annual voter registration canvass.

The aim of the form is to ensure that the electoral register is up to date and to identify any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so.

With Police and Crime Commissioner elections taking place across the country in May 2016, this is an opportunity for residents to make sure that when the elections take place they will easily be able to take part.

Mark Williams, Electoral Registration Officer at East Devon said:

You need to register in order to be able to vote. If you aren’t registered to vote, you won’t have the chance to have a say on who represents you.

Some people also register to vote because they want to apply for credit. Credit reference agencies use the register to confirm where someone lives when they apply for credit in order to counteract fraud.

When your form arrives, simply check the information on it.  If all the information is correct and nothing has changed, follow the instructions at the top of Page 2 of the form. 

If anything is wrong with the information on the form or if any names need to be removed from your address either amend the form accordingly and return it to us in the prepaid envelope provided or go to the website address that is at the top of Page 2, enter the 2 numbers of your security code and follow the website instructions.  Please be aware that use of this website does not mean that you are registered. Once we have received your amendments, we’ll send you an invitation to register form. 

This form will provide you with further information on how to finally complete your registration. 

If you prefer, you can just go online and apply to register.  Please be aware that you will need your National Insurance number and date of birth to do this.

It’s particularly important that anyone who has recently moved looks out for the form and checks whether they are registered at their new address.

Research by the independent Electoral Commission indicates that, across Great Britain, recent home movers are far less likely to be registered than those that have lived at the same address for a long time. The research showed that 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.

The same research indicates that whilst almost 95% of outright home owners are registered, this is the case for only 63% of private renters.

Kay Jenkins, Head of English regions at the Electoral Commission said:

The annual canvass is an opportunity for people to easily check whether they’re registered. It’s essential for a healthy democracy that everyone who is entitled to vote is able to, and for those who need to registering is now easier than ever with the online system of registration.

Any residents who have any questions can email the elections team or call them on 01395 517402.