Press Release for Scotland – Annual Canvass 2019
Don’t lose your voice – residents in Angus and Perth & Kinross urged to look out for their voter registration details in the post
Local residents are being warned not to lose their voice on matters that affect them by completing and returning their household enquiry form to their local Electoral Registration Office as soon as possible.
The form ensures that the Electoral Registration Officer 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. This will mean that residents will be able take part in any future elections.
Mr Alastair Kirkwood, the Electoral Registration Officer for Angus Council and Perth & Kinross Council said:
“It’s important that residents respond as soon as possible, so that we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in Angus and Perth & Kinross. To make sure you are able to have your say at elections, 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 with alternative methods of how to do this. In any case, you will still need to complete the household enquiry 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.
Andy O’Neill, Head of the Electoral Commission, Scotland 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 Electoral Registration Officer for Angus on 01307 499910, or for Perth & Kinross at 01738 630303.