Local residents are being warned not to lose their voice in decisions that affect them by making sure their electoral registration details are up to date.

The annual canvass ensures that Herefordshire Council can keep the electoral register up to date, identifying any residents who are not registered to vote so that they can be encouraged to do so.

Colette Maund, Electoral Registration Officer at Herefordshire Council said: “It’s important that residents look out for messages from Herefordshire Council’s Electoral Services, so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in Herefordshire. We will be sending out our annual canvass communications over the next few months for you to respond to. Please simply follow the instructions sent to you.’’

People who have moved recently are particularly encouraged to look out for the voter registration messages from Herefordshire Council and check the details.

Research by the Electoral Commission, published in 2019, 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, 92% of people who have been at their property for more than sixteen years will be registered, compared to 36% of people who have lived at an address for less than one year.

Information on registering to vote is available on our website.

Any residents who have any questions can view Herefordshire Council’s Annual Canvass FAQs or contact the Electoral Services team at 01432 260107.

Published: 22nd July 2021