Walsall residents will shortly receive a canvass communication about registering to vote. Walsall Council is asking residents to look out for the letter in the post and to make sure if they have to respond that they respond as soon as possible.
Not everyone will have to supply a response as the council has carried out a data-matching exercise with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to confirm details for the majority of residents - these properties will receive ‘Canvass communication A’. No further action will be required by those residents if the information on the letter is correct. However a small number will receive ‘Canvass communication B’ and those residents will need to respond by either going on line or phoning the free phone number provided on the letter.
With local elections taking place in Walsall in May 2022 this is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they will be able to take part.
Councillor Mike Bird, Leader of Walsall Council said:
“It’s important that residents respond as soon as possible if they have been asked to do, so we can make sure we have the correct details on the electoral register for every address in Walsall. To make sure you are able to have your say at the elections next year, simply check the form when it arrives and respond as soon as you can.”
“If you’re not currently registered, your name will not appear on the form. If you want to register, the easiest way to do so is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote, or we can send you information explaining how to do this in the post. In any case, you will still need to complete the form and send it back to us.”
People who have moved address recently are particularly encouraged to keep an eye out for the letter and check the details. Research by the independent 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.
There’s lots of helpful information about registering to vote on the electoral commission website www.yourvotematters.co.uk.”
Any residents who have any questions can contact their local registration team by calling 01922 652502 or by sending an email to email@example.com
Notes to editors
1. Local elections are taking place in Walsall in May 2022.
2. The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in public elections. The register is used for electoral purposes, such as making 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.
3. The open register is an extract of the electoral register, but is not used for elections. It can be bought by any person, company or organisation. For example, it is used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details. Your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed. Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote.
4. To be eligible to register to vote a person must be:
- Aged 16 or over (a person may register to vote at 16, but may not vote until they are 18)
- A British or qualifying Commonwealth citizen who has leave to enter and remain in the UK or does not require such leave.
- A citizen of the Republic of Ireland or other European Union (EU) member state.
5. British citizens, Irish citizens and qualifying citizens of Commonwealth countries (including Cyprus and Malta), as well as citizens of other EU member states can vote in local government elections and Police and Crime Commissioner elections in England and Wales.
6. Full details of the Electoral Commission’s research on the electoral registers can be found on their website.