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Residents urged to keep an eye out for annual canvass this month

Residents urged to keep an eye out for annual canvass this month

04 August 2016

Wokingham Borough residents will this month (August) receive a letter asking them to check that the details of those registered to vote at their address are correct.

The borough council is required by law to carry out the canvass and residents must respond, even if there are no changes to be reported. Responding to the form is quick and easy and can be done online or by phone using the security codes printed on the letter.

Reminder forms will be delivered in early September and canvassers will then make personal visits in October to those properties which haven’t responded.

Once a household has returned its form, any eligible person living at that address whose name is not listed should register to vote online.

Andrew Moulton, Wokingham Borough Council’s electoral registration officer, said: "We encourage you to respond to the forms as soon as possible. By doing so we can limit the resources needed to chase up properties that don’t respond, which is a waste of public funds.

"It's especially important that you check your details are correct if you have moved recently, otherwise you may miss out on the opportunity to exercise your right to vote and have a say on the issues that affect your lives."