Vale residents to receive important voter registration information
10 July 2015
Households in the Vale of Glamorgan will soon be receiving a Household Enquiry Form asking residents to check whether the information that appears on the electoral register for that address is correct as part of the Vale of Glamorgan’s annual canvass of households.
The aim is to ensure that the electoral register is up to date, and to identify any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so.
With important National Assembly of Wales and Police and Crime Commissioner elections taking place in May 2016, this is an early opportunity for residents to make sure that they will be able to take part.
Amy Rudman, Electoral Registration Officer at Vale of Glamorgan said: “Anyone that wants to vote must be registered. To make sure you are able to have your say at the elections next year, simply check the form when it arrives and return it as promptly as possible. If you’re not currently registered, we’ll send information explaining how to do this, or you can submit an application to register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
It’s particularly important that anyone who has moved address recently looks out for this information to ensure that they are registered."
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. The research showed that across Great Britain, 94 % of people who have been at their property for more than sixteen years will be registered compared to 40% of people who have lived at an address for less than one year. The same research has shown that this trend can also be seen across Wales.
Rhydian Thomas, Head of Wales Office at the Electoral Commission said: “The annual canvass is an opportunity for people to check whether they’re registered. It’s essential for a healthy democracy that everyone who is entitled to vote is able to so, and that voter registration is easier than ever with the online system of registration. If you have changed address in the last year, it’s likely that you will need to register at your new address, so be sure to check the form as soon as it arrives.”
If you have any questions about voter registration you can contact the electoral registration team by email via firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01446 700 111.