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Residents in the Maldon District are urged to look out for their voter registration details in the post

Published on Wednesday, 13th September 2017

Residents living in the Maldon District are receiving a form asking them to check and update the information that appears on the electoral register.

Maldon District Council is asking residents in the District to look out for the form in the post and to make sure that they respond as soon as possible.

 

Register Canvass Assistants jobs available

 

The Council is also seeking to recruit a number of Register Canvass Assistants to who will go door to door to encourage the completion and return of Household Enquiry Forms (HEF) and Invitations to Register (ITR) forms. Enthusiastic and responsible people looking for flexible work are encouraged to apply at www.maldon.gov.uk/jobs.

 

The form ensures that Maldon District Council can keep the electoral register up to date and identify any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so. With local elections taking place in the Maldon District in May 2019, this is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they will be able to take part.

 

Councillor David Sismey, Chairman of Finance and Corporate Services Committee said: “This work is vital to support the democratic process. I would like to encourage all residents to respond as soon as possible, so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in the District. To make sure you are able to have your say at the elections next year, simply check the form when it arrives and respond as soon as you can. Instead of responding by post, you have the options of responding by telephone, the internet or SMS, all of which are easy to use. If you’re not currently registered, your name will not appear on the form. 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 Maldon District Council.”

 

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, 96% of people who have been at their property for more than sixteen years will be registered, compared to 27% 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@maldon.gov.uk.