Richmondshire District Council

Annual canvass

Richmondshire residents are being urged not to lose their right to vote by making sure their electoral registration details are up to date.

With elections taking place in the district in May next year (2021) it is important that residents do not lose their voice, and are able to take part.

The district council has begun its annual canvass which keeps the electoral register up to date and identifies any residents who are not registered.

“It’s important that residents now keep an eye out for messages from Richmondshire District Council, so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in the districts,” said Tony Clark, Electoral Registration Officer at Richmondshire District Council.

“If you’re not currently registered, your name will not appear in the messages we send out. If you want to register, the easiest way to do this is online or we can send you information explaining how to do this in the post.”

“This year’s canvass, which we have to carry out by law, is taking place during a challenging time but we are working to ensure we follow COVID-19 guidelines, including the continued importance of social distancing.”

People who have moved recently into the area are particularly encouraged to look out for the voter registration messages and check the details. Research by the Electoral Commission indicates that recent home movers are far less likely to be registered than those who have lived at the same address for a long time. Across Great Britain, 92% of people who have been at their property for more than 16 years will be registered, compared to 36% of people who have lived at an address for less than one year.

Any residents who have any questions can contact the electoral team on 01748 829100 or email er.elections@richmondshire.gov.ukFor more information about registering to vote check out the Electoral Commission website

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