Even E-easier to get on the electoral register
Each year the council is required by law to contact households to confirm the names of residents are correct on the electoral register or update them.
Normally this is through a letter that must be responded to by everyone, even if the information is correct. But changes brought in this year mean that responding to the canvass is easier and quicker, in fact over 60% of the borough’s households will not be required to respond.
During August households will be contacted by email or post.
Those residents who are required to respond will be clearly told so and can do so online or via the form sent to them. Residents must provide the new information to the Electoral Registration Officer.
With the Police and Crime Commissioner and all the borough, county and some parish council seats up for election on Thursday 6 May 2021 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 it is also used to detect and prevent crime.
The borough council’s Electoral Registration Officer Melbourne Barrett said: “This year we have a whole new way of carrying out the annual canvass. The process is designed to make it even easier for residents to confirm their name on the electoral register. We will contact everyone either by email or by post but not everyone will be required to respond. In fact around 60% of the borough’s residents will informed they do not need to respond unless they believe the information needs updating. The remainder can do this easily online or by returning the form.”
The revised register of electors will be published in December 2020. For more information call 01256 844844 or visit www.basingstoke.gov.uk/canvass