Residents in Surrey Heath urged to respond to voter registration form

Date: 

Thursday, 17 August, 2017

Residents living in Surrey Heath are receiving a form asking them to check and update information that appears on the electoral register for their address.

Surrey Heath Borough Council (SHBC) is asking residents to respond as soon as possible to the form, which they should have recently received in the post.

The form ensures that SHBC 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.

Although there are no scheduled elections in Surrey Heath in May 2018, it is important that residents are able to take part in the event of a snap poll.

Karen Whelan, SHBC Electoral Registration Officer, 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 Surrey Heath. To make sure you are able to have your say - simply check the form 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 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 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, 96% of people who have been at their property for more than sixteen years will be registered, compared to 27% 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; 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.”

Residents who have any questions can contact their local registration team at vote@surreyheath.gov.uk.