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Residents in New Forest District urged to look out for their voter registration forms

Residents of the New Forest will be receiving a form asking them to check and update information that appears on the electoral register for their address.

Annual Canvas Form 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.

Robert Jackson, Electoral Registration Officer at New Forest District Council said:

"It is 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 the district. Please read the form carefully when it arrives and follow the instructions."

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 who 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"

Residents who have any questions can contact New Forest District Council's  registration team on 023 80 285445 or electoralservices@nfdc.gov.uk

 

 

Updated: 23 Aug 2017
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