Don't lose your right to vote - residents warned

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Don't lose your right to vote - residents warned

Residents are being warned not to lose their voice on matters that affect them by completing their annual canvass form.

With local elections taking place in Rother in May 2019, the canvass is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they can take part.

The form ensures that Rother District Council 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. This will mean that residents will be able to take part in any future elections.

Malcolm Johnston, Electoral Registration Officer at Rother District 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 the district.

"To make sure you are able to have your say at the local elections due to take place in May 2019, simply check the form when it arrives and respond as soon as you can.
"If you're not currently registered, your name will not appear on the form."

The easiest way to register is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. Alternatively the district council will send residents information explaining how to register by post. In any case, residents will still need to complete the form and send it back to Rother District Council.

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, 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.

Any residents who have questions can contact Rother's registration team by email at elections@rother.gov.uk or by calling 01424 787000.

For more information about registering to vote, visit www.yourvotematters.co.uk

The electoral register is used for electoral purposes, but is also be used to detect crime (e.g. fraud), call people for jury service or check credit applications.

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Published Friday, July 27, 2018

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