Make sure you are on the electoral register

Published: Wed 27th July, 2022

Thousands of forms are being hand delivered across Charnwood to ensure the borough’s electoral register is up to date.

Charnwood Borough Council will be sending around 66,000 forms to homes and residents are being urged to respond.

Every year the Council must check its electoral register is up to date, and all households are contacted asking people to confirm the details or inform the Council of any changes.

It comes after the Council recently sent around 25,000 emails to carry out the check.

It was the first time the Council used email to check its electoral register and over 9,900 responses were received.

Rob Mitchell, the Council’s Chief Executive and Returning Officer said: “Thank you to everyone who responded to our email check. Over a third of people responded to the email and I hope that number will increase over the next few years so we can continue to reduce the amount of paper forms being sent.

“If you didn’t receive or respond to the email in time, a paper form will be hand delivered to your household shortly.

“Having the right to vote is really important so I would encourage residents to look out for the form and respond as soon as possible.”

The Council is legally required to check that its electoral register is up to date each year to make sure that everyone who is eligible to vote is registered and can have their say in future elections and referendums.

People are being asked to check whether the information that appears on the electoral register for those living at their address is correct.

If the information is not correct (if people have moved out or in to the property) then residents need to let the Council know as soon as possible so individual electoral registration forms can be sent to those who need to register to vote.

Households which receive a paper form are being asked to respond by Friday August 26.

The Electoral Registration Officer needs the information to be able to publish a complete and accurate electoral register on December 1 each year.

Having your details on the electoral register will:

  • allow you to be able to vote
  • improve your credit rating
  • make it easier to access council services
  • help you avoid a fine

Full details of how residents can complete the form online, by phone, via text or by post are all contained in the form sent to them.

A list of frequently asked questions can be found on the Council’s website.

More information can be found on the Council’s website or residents can contact the helpline on 01509 634546.