Hertsmere residents asked to help ensure electoral register is up to date
PUBLISHED: 15:10 29 September 2016 | UPDATED: 10:27 30 September 2016
Households in Potters Bar are being asked to check the information that appears about them on the electoral register, as part of Hertsmere Borough Council’s annual canvass.
Hertsmere Borough Council has sent forms to all 43,000 residential addresses in the borough to make sure the register is up to date, identify any residents who are not registered and encourage them to do so.
Council officers will soon be calling at addresses of those who have not responded, around 12,000 in total, to stress the importance of checking the form so everyone can have their say at elections.
Jo Bateman, principal electoral services officer, 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.
“The job of the canvassers is to call at 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.”
It is particularly important that anyone who has moved address recently looks out for the form and checks whether they are registered, as research by the independent Electoral Commission indicates that recent home movers in the UK are far less likely to be registered than those who have lived at the address for a long time.
Any residents who have questions can contact the elections team on 020 8207 7481 or email email@example.com. The canvass is scheduled to end in mid-November.
All canvassing staff carry ID badges.
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