Borough Insight

Don’t lose your voice

annual canvassTo ensure your electoral registration details are up to date, we've launched the annual canvass.

With elections for Surrey County Council and the Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner both taking place in May 2021, this is an important opportunity to ensure you can take part.

The annual canvass ensures that we can keep the electoral register up to date, identifying any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so. This year the format of the canvass is changing and we will be contacting residents by email, post and phone. For more information on the Annual Canvass this year, please see our website: https://epsom-ewell.gov.uk/council/elections-and-voting/annual-canvass-register-electors 

Councillor Eber Kington, Chairman of the Strategy & Resources Committee said: “Please do not lose your right to vote. It’s important that residents respond to our canvas communications, so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in Epsom and Ewell. To make sure you are able to have your say at the elections taking place next year, simply follow the instructions provided. 

“If you’re not currently registered and need to register, the easiest way is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote, or we can send you information explaining how to do this in the post if this is easier for you.

“This year’s canvass, which we have to carry out by law, is taking place during a challenging public health situation. We are working to ensure that we take account of public health guidelines, including the continued importance of social distancing.”

People who have moved recently are particularly encouraged to look out for the voter registration messages and check the details. Research by the 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. Across Great Britain, 92% of people who have been at their property for more than sixteen years will be registered, compared to 36% 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. Making sure you provide the necessary information to your local authority when it is needed will ensure the process runs smoothly. This is particularly helpful in the current public health situation, as it will help avoid the need for home visits from canvassers.

“There’s lots of helpful information about registering to vote on our website www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter .”

Any borough residents who have any questions can contact the local registration team at electoralservices@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

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