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Make sure you can vote

Make sure you can vote

04 August 2020

During the next few weeks you’ll be receiving either an email, a text, or a letter from us asking you to make sure your electoral registration details are up to date.


If they aren’t it could mean you won’t be able to vote and therefore lose your voice on important local decisions affecting you. 


With the Wokingham Borough elections this year postponed due to Covid-19, and now due to take place next May, this is a perfect opportunity to make sure you can take part.


Called the annual canvass, it helps us keep the electoral register up to date as well as identifying any of you not registered or if you have any changes to your households or have recently moved.


This year, as part of the government’s canvass reform programme, we will also be using electronic communications to contact you, such as emails and texts, to make the process simpler. Depending on which method we use, you will either be contacted at the beginning of August or September.


“It’s important you keep an eye out for messages from Wokingham Borough Council so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in the borough,” said Andrew Moulton, electoral registration officer.


“To make sure you’re able to have your say at the elections next year, simply follow the instructions in the communication we send you. If you’re not currently registered, your name will not appear in the messages we send. If you want to register, the easiest way is online or the information we’re sending you will also explain how to do this.


“This year’s canvass, which we must carry out by law, is taking place amid a challenging public health scenario. We’re following strict public health guidelines including the continued importance of social distancing. Where possible we’ll be making use of electronic communications which means you’ll receive a text, email, phone call or letter from us asking you to check who we have registered and tell us about any changes.”


You are particularly encouraged to check your details if you have recently moved. Electoral Commission research shows recent home movers are far less likely to be registered than those who have lived at the same address for a long time. Nationally, 92% of people who have been at their property for more than 16 years will be registered compared to 36% who have lived at an address for less than a year.


If you have any questions about the annual canvass or voting in general, email the electoral services team at: electoralservices@wokingham.gov.uk.


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