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Don’t lose your voice – Hertsmere Borough Council

Residents in Hertsmere are urged to look out for their voter registration details from Hertsmere Borough Council.

Our message to residents is not to lose your voice on decisions that affect you by making sure your electoral registration details are up to date. With elections taking place in Hertsmere in May 2021, this is an important opportunity to make sure you can take part.

Sam Langford, Electoral Services Manager, said: “It’s important that residents keep an eye out for messages from Hertsmere Borough Council, so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in Hertsmere. To make sure you are able to have your say at elections taking place next year, simply follow the instructions from your local authority.

“If you’re not currently registered, your name will not appear in the messages we send. 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 the post.

“This year’s canvass, which we have to carry out by law, is taking place during a challenging public health situation. We are working to ensure that we take account of public health guidelines, including the continued importance of social distancing.”

People who have moved recently are particularly encouraged to look out for the voter registration messages and check the details. Research by the 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, 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.

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. Making sure you provide the necessary information to your local authority when it is needed will ensure the process runs smoothly. This is particularly helpful in the current public health situation, as it will help avoid the need for home visits from canvassers.

“There’s lots of helpful information about registering to vote on our website www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter.”

The annual canvass in Hertsmere is starting on Monday 20 July.

Any residents who have any questions can contact their local registration team at Hertsmere Borough Council on email: elections@hertsmere.gov.uk or by telephoning 020 8207 7481.

For more information on the annual canvass visit: www.hertsmere.gov.uk/annualcanvass

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