You can only vote in any local or parliamentary elections if your name appears on the electoral register.
Add your name to the register
Walsall council’s Electoral Registration Office compiles the electoral register using the Annual Canvass. Every year it writes to your household to find out who lives there, who is eligible to vote and updates the register based on your responses.
This usually happens in August and we ask that you carefully read it to make sure the information we hold is accurate. If our records are correct, you don’t need to reply. If it’s incorrect, you can let us know online or contact us by phone. It is important that you respond as quickly as possible. Anyone joining the register for the first time will have to complete an individual registration form (IRF) or complete their registration online.
Two versions of the register
When you register to vote, your name will appear on two versions of the register: the full version and the open version. The full version is used for elections, crime prevention and credit checking. The open version is designed for general sale and is used for marketing and other commercial purposes.
Everyone’s details appear on the full version, but you can have your name removed from the open version by choosing to opt out. It is possible that if you have removed your name from the open register you may still receive marketing communications. If you don’t want to continue receiving them you should contact:
The Mailing Preference Service
How do I know if my name is on the register?
To check if your name appears on the electoral register, either contact the council’s Electoral Services Office or visit the office in person to inspect the register.