Source: St Albans City and District
Residents are being asked to complete a household enquiry form to ensure they are registered to vote at local and national elections.
More than 60,000 forms are to be sent to households in the St Albans District on the week beginning Monday 22 July.
The form lists everyone currently registered to vote at a particular address. Residents should check that the information is correct and no names are missing or wrongly included.
Alternatively, they can do so by free phone or text with full details of these procedures included in the form.
If the form needs to be amended, this can also be done on the website or by post, using a freepost envelope which is enclosed with the form.
Each year, St Albans City and District Council carries out a voter registration canvass. This is to keep its electoral register up to date.
People’s names need to be on the register in order for them to vote at elections such as next year’s District Council ballot.
Michael Lovelady, Electoral Registration Officer for St Albans City and District Council, said: “It’s important that residents respond as soon as they can once they receive the household enquiry form.
“We want to make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in the District.
“To make sure you are able to have your say at future elections, simply check the form when it arrives and respond appropriately.”
If you’re not currently registered, your name will not appear on the form and you can register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
People who have moved address recently are particularly encouraged to keep an eye out for the form and check the details.
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The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in public elections. The register is used for electoral purposes, such as making sure only eligible people can vote. It is also used for other limited purposes specified in law, such as: detecting crime, calling people for jury service or checking credit applications.
To be eligible to register to vote a person must be:
– Aged 16 or over (a person may register to vote at 16, but may not vote until they are 18);
– A British or qualifying Commonwealth citizen who has leave to enter and remain in the UK or does not require such leave;
– A citizen of the Republic of Ireland or other European Union (EU) member state.