Published August 22, 2017 at 11:58
Rossendale residents are receiving a form asking them to check and update information that appears on the electoral register for their address.
The mail-out is part of the Borough’s annual voter registration canvass – which is designed 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 local elections taking place in May 2018, this is an opportunity for residents to make sure they will easily be able to take part.
Stuart Sugarman, returning officer for Rossendale, said:
I would urge everyone to check the form when it arrives and respond as promptly as possible. Not being on the electoral register means you can’t vote and have your say on how things are run. It will also affect your credit rating making things like getting a mortgage harder to get.
People who have moved address recently are particularly encouraged to keep an eye out for the form and check the details.
If you’re not currently registered, your name will not appear on the form. If you want to register, the easiest way is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
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, 96 per cent of people who have been at their property for more than sixteen years will be registered, compared to 27 per cent 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. There’s lots of helpful information about registering to vote on our website www.yourvotematters.co.uk.