Forms are currently being sent to residents living in Tamworth asking them to check and update the information that appears on the electoral register for their address.
Tamworth Borough Council is asking residents to look out for the forms in the post and to make sure they respond as soon as possible, as part of this year’s annual canvass.
The form ensures that the electoral register can be kept up to date and that any residents not registered to vote are identified and encouraged to do so.
With local elections taking place in Tamworth in May 2018, this is an important opportunity for voters to make sure they will be able to take part.
John Wheatley, Electoral Registration Officer at Tamworth Borough Council, said: “It’s 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 Tamworth.
“To make sure you are able to have your say at the elections next year, simply check the form when it arrives and respond as soon as you can by following the instructions in the letter.
“If you are 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 explaining how to do this in the post. In any case, you will still need to complete the form and send it back to us.”
People who have recently changed address in particular are encouraged to keep an eye out for the form and to 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.
More information about registering to vote is available via Tamworth Borough Council’s website at www.tamworth.gov.uk/electoral-registration-faq.