Canvassers out and about to complete electoral register
This year’s canvass has had a good response so far, with 65,890 (87.06%) of properties responding to the Household Enquiry Form (HEF).
Electoral canvassers are now out and about in the borough knocking on doors to reach those residents who haven’t yet responded, and evening and weekend visits will take place over the next few weeks. If canvassers are unable to get a response from any household, they will leave a ‘Sorry we missed you’ card which includes the household response website address and the council phone number.
It is important that all forms are returned to ensure that the electoral register is up to date, to identify anybody who is not registered and to delete those who have left the property. Residents must provide the information to the Electoral Registration Officer even if there are no changes to make.
This is the second year in a row that under 10,000 properties require a personal visit from a canvasser - just 9,795 properties are still to respond. The positive response has been helped significantly by the ability to respond to the HEF online, via telephone or via SMS text message as well as by post.
Even those people who registered for the local council elections earlier in the year will still need to confirm that their details are correct for this revised version of the register, which the Electoral Registration Officer has to publish on 1 December every year.
All of the borough council’s councillors will be up for election on Thursday 2 May 2019 so this is an opportunity for residents to make sure they will be able to vote. Being on the register is also important because credit agencies check the names and addresses of people applying for credit and also use it to carry out identity checks when trying to prevent and detect money laundering.
The borough council’s Electoral Registration Officer Melbourne Barrett said: “Thank you to everybody who has completed their household enquiry forms so far. We’ve had a great response from residents and this is the final push before the register is published in December. We will be visiting those homes where we’ve not received a response and asking the household to simply update or confirm their details on the register there and then.”
The revised register of electors will be published in December 2018. For more information call 01256 844844 or visit www.basingstoke.gov.uk/canvass