Council launches annual canvass encouraging voters to register

Residents in Lewes district are being urged to make sure their electoral registration details are correct so that their voice is heard on decisions that affect them. 

The annual canvass ensures that Lewes District Council keeps the electoral register updated, identifying any residents who are not registered, so that they can be encouraged to do so.  You have to be registered to vote in future elections. 

Councillor Chris Collier, Cabinet member for Performance and People, said: “We want everybody to be able to exercise their democratic right to vote at election times. To do that, we need to make sure we have the correct details on the electoral register for residents across the district. 

“If you are not currently registered, your name will not show on the communications you are sent and you need to follow the instructions on how to register.”

People who have moved recently are particularly encouraged to look out for the voter registration messages from Lewes District Council 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. 

Melanie Davidson, Head of Support and Improvement at the Electoral Commission, said: “It’s really important that everyone who is entitled to vote is able to do so. Making sure you provide the necessary information to your local authority when it is needed will ensure the process runs smoothly.” 

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