Hertsmere’s annual canvass, which asks households across the borough to check their electoral register information, comes to a close next month. Have you returned yours?
Hertsmere Borough Council has sent forms to all 43,000 residential addresses in the borough to make sure the electoral register is up-to-date, identify any residents who are not registered and to encourage them to do so.
Council officers have been calling at around 10,000 addresses to stress the importance of checking the form so that everyone is able to have their say at elections.
Sam Langford, Electoral Services Manager, said: “Anyone that wants to vote must be registered. To make sure you are able to have your say at elections, we need householders to simply check their form and return it.
“There are around 8,000 forms still to be returned. Our canvassers are calling at those addresses where householders haven’t yet responded, so that we can urge them to check the information and get back to us.
“Calling door-to-door also enables us to answer any questions about the electoral register or voting that householders may have.”
The forms must be returned by Friday November 22.
Sam added: “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, 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.”
It’s particularly important that anyone who has moved address recently looks out for the form and checks whether they are registered.
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.
Residents who have any questions can contact the elections team on 020 8207 7481 or email email@example.com.