New high in voter numbers as electoral register is published
Published 9th December 2020
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The annual publication of the Electoral Register for East Hertfordshire on 1 December reveals that there are currently 113,628 people registered to vote across the district – almost 3,000 more than on the previous revised register published in November 2019 and believed to be the highest ever figure for the area.

The publication of the revised register is the culmination of the four month annual ‘canvass’ exercise during which East Herts District Council (EHDC) is required to contact every residential address to check the accuracy of the information on the register. 

The 2020 canvass took place against a background of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and council chiefs introduced a wide range of safety measures to keep both residents and canvassers safe whilst fulfilling their statutory duties, including making use of new options permitted for the first time including telephone and email canvassing where possible.  

The Electoral Registration Officer for EHDC, Chief Executive Richard Cassidy said, “Despite all the challenges presented by the current situation it is a tribute to everyone involved that we were able to complete the annual canvass successfully – and indeed achieve a record 94.3% completion rate. My thanks go to the canvass staff and all local residents for their efforts and co-operation in the process.” 

Any eligible residents who have not yet registered to vote may still do so on the website.  
Registered electors who would like to apply for a postal vote ahead of the May 2021 County Council and Police and Crime Commissioner elections are encouraged to make their application as soon as possible by downloading and completing the application form on the council’s website