It’s time for the annual voter canvass, and Reigate & Banstead Borough Council is urging residents not to lose their voice by making sure their electoral registration details are up to date.
Mari Roberts-Wood, electoral registration officer at the council, said: “It’s important that residents look out for messages from the Council, so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in the borough.
“We will send you an email, text message or form for you to respond to. To make sure you are able to have your say at the elections at taking place next year, simply follow the instructions sent to you.
“If you’re not currently registered, your name will not appear in the messages we send. The easiest way to register is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote, or we’ll send you information explaining how to do this.
“As we carry out this important work to update the electoral register we will continue to follow public health guidelines, including respecting social distancing when canvassing.”
People who have moved recently are particularly encouraged to look out for the voter registration messages from the council and check the details.
The council says that being registered for Council Tax is not the same as being registered to vote, and that not being registered can also make it harder to get credit.
More information can be found online on a borough council webpage, which includes a mock-up of the e-mail the council is sending out. Residents who still have questions can use the contact details at the foot of that page.
Information on registering to vote is also available on the Electoral Commission website.
The next scheduled elections are borough council elections in May 2022.
The council is required by law to carry out an annual canvass to check electoral details.