Hastings residents urged to complete voter canvass

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Households will soon be receiving a form asking them to check whether the information that appears on the electoral register for those living at their address is correct as part of the council’s annual voter registration canvass.

The aim of the form is to ensure the electoral register is up to date and to identify any residents who are not registered.

These residents can then be encouraged to register.

With local elections and police and crime commissioner elections taking place across the region in May, 2016, this is an opportunity for residents to make sure that they can take part.

Jane Hartnell, electoral registration officer at Hastings Borough Council, said: “Anyone that wants to vote must be registered.

“To make sure you are able to have your say at the elections next year, simply check the form when it arrives and return it as promptly as possible.

“If you’re not currently registered, we’ll send you information explaining how to do this or you can just go online to apply to register at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.”

It is particularly important that anyone who has moved address recently looks out for the form and checks whether they are registered.

Kay Jenkins, head of English regions at the Electoral Commission, said: “The annual canvass is an opportunity for people to easily check whether they’re registered.

“It’s essential for a healthy democracy that everyone who is entitled to vote is able to, and for those who need to registering is now easier than ever with the online system of registration.”

“If you have changed address in the last year, it’s particularly likely that you will need to register at your new address, so check the form as soon as it arrives.”

Residents can call the helpline on 01424 451087 or email electoralservices@hastings.gov.uk for more details.

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