Thousands of letters will be arriving at homes across the district from next Wednesday (22 July) as residents are asked to check whether the correct information appears on the electoral register.
People are being encouraged to reply to South Kesteven District Council’s annual voter registration canvass to ensure they are eligible to vote in next year’s elections.
Kelham Cooke, SKDC’s Cabinet portfolio holder for Governance and Communications, said the aim of the form is to ensure that the electoral register is up to date and to identify any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so.
“With the Police and Crime Commissioner elections taking place in our area in May 2016, this is an opportunity for residents to make sure that when the elections take place they will easily be able to take part.
“Anyone that wants to vote must be registered. To make sure you are able to have your say at the elections next year, simply check the form when it arrives and reply as promptly as possible. All households must respond to the form even if there are no changes to be made to the information.
“If you’re not currently registered, we’ll send you information explaining how to do this or you can just go online to apply to register at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.”
It’s particularly important that anyone who has moved address recently looks out for the form and checks whether they are registered.
Research by the independent Electoral Commission indicates that across Great Britain, recent home movers are far less likely to be registered than those that have lived at the same address for a long time.
The research showed that 94 per cent of people who have been at their property for more than 16 years will be registered compared to 40 per cent of people who have lived at an address for less than one year.
The same research indicates that whilst almost 95 per cent of outright home owners are registered, this is the case for only 63 per cent of private renters.
Kay Jenkins, Head of English regions at the Electoral Commission, said: “The annual canvass is an opportunity for people to easily check whether they’re registered. It’s essential for a healthy democracy that everyone who is entitled to vote is able to, and for those who need to, registering is now easier than ever with the online system
“If you have changed address in the last year, it’s particularly likely that you will need to register at your new address, so check the form as soon as it arrives.”
Any residents who have any questions can contact the elections team at SKDC on 01476 40 60 80 or email firstname.lastname@example.org