Date: 18 August 2017
Residents living in Brentwood are receiving a form asking them to check and update information that appears on the electoral register for their address.
Brentwood Borough Council is asking residents in the Borough to look out for the form and to make sure that they respond as soon as possible.
The form ensures that the 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 Brentwood Borough Council elections taking place in May 2018, this is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they will be able to take part.
Phil Ruck, Electoral Registration Officer at Brentwood Borough 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 Brentwood. 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.
“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 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, 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 the local registration team by calling 01277 312500.
Notes to editors:
· Aged 16 or over (a person may register to vote at 16, but may not vote until they are 18)
· A British or qualifying Commonwealth citizen who has leave to enter and remain in the UK or does not require such leave.
· A citizen of the Republic of Ireland or other European Union (EU) member state.
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