That’s the message from the council as it begins work on the annual canvass to make sure the electoral register is up to date.
If you’re not on the register, you won’t be able to vote in future elections, both local and national. The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote.
It helps to make sure only eligible people can vote. It is also used for other limited purposes specified in law, such as detecting crime (e.g. fraud), calling people for jury service or checking credit applications.
Councillor George Cutting, executive member for corporate services, said: “Please do keep an eye out for messages from the council, either by email or letter so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for your address.
“To make sure you are able to have your say at elections just follow the instructions in the correspondence.
“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.
“If residents reply promptly where necessary to our communications, this will help to save council tax resources by avoiding the need for reminders or follow-up calls.”
There’s lots of helpful information about registering to vote from the Electoral Commission too.
If you have any questions, you can contact the electoral registration team at firstname.lastname@example.org