Don’t lose your voice - Surrey Heath residents urged to check their voter registration details from Surrey Heath Borough Council

Date: 

Tuesday, 19 July, 2022

Local people are being encouraged not to lose their voice on decisions that affect them by making sure their electoral registration details are up to date.  

The annual canvass ensures that Surrey Heath Borough Council (SHBC) can keep the electoral register up to date, identifying any residents who are not registered to vote so that they can be encouraged to do so.   

Damian Roberts, Electoral Registration Officer at SHBC said: “It’s important that residents look out for voter registration emails or letters from SHBC, so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in Surrey Heath. We will send you a form for you to respond to. To make sure you are able to have your say at future elections, simply follow the instructions sent to 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 at gov.uk/register-to-vote, or we’ll send you information explaining how to do this in the post.”    

There are local elections in 2023, but it is also important to be registered in case of a by-election being held. It can also help with your credit rating. 

People who have moved recently are particularly encouraged to look out for the voter registration messages from SHBC and check the details. Research by the Electoral Commission, published in 2019, 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 sixteen years will be registered, compared to 36% of people who have lived at an address for less than one year.  

Information on registering to vote is available on the Electoral Commission website.   

Any Surrey Heath residents who have questions can contact the local registration team via vote@surreyheath.gov.uk or by calling 01276 707165. 

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