West Suffolk residents urged check the post for their voter registration details

Don’t lose your voice – West Suffolk residents urged check the post for their voter registration details

Annual electoral canvas forms are being sent to 78,000 households in West Suffolk, and residents are being urged not to lose their voice on matters that affect them by neglecting to complete and return the form as soon as possible.

The next scheduled elections are for the Police and Crime Commissioner, in May 2020, and residents should make sure they can take part.

Every year, West Suffolk Council updates the electoral register to ensure residents will be able take part in any future elections. This identifies any residents not registered, so they can be contacted and encouraged to do so.

Ian Gallin Electoral Registration Officer at West Suffolk 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 West Suffolk. To make sure you are able to have your say at elections taking place next year, simply check the form when it arrives and respond as soon as you can.

Responding on line is fast, easy and saves money. Go to http://householdresponse.com/westsuffolk

“Your name will not appear on the form if you’re not on the current register. The easiest way is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote, or we can send you information explaining how to do this by post. In any case, you will still need to complete the form and send it back to us.”

People who have moved address recently are particularly encouraged to keep an eye out for the form and check the details.

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, 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.

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 are already 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 elections@westsuffolk.gov.uk   or 01284 757131.

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