Don’t lose your vote! Residents in Worcester urged to check their voter registration details
Local residents are being warned not to lose their voice on decisions that affect them by making sure their electoral registration details are up to date.
With elections taking place in Worcester in May 2022, the City Council is contacting residents to make sure they can vote on the big day.
Worcester City Council is sending out letters to households across the city as part of an annual canvass to ensure that the electoral register is up to date, by helping to identify any residents who are not registered to vote so that they can be encouraged to sign up.
Shane Flynn, Electoral Registration Officer at Worcester City Council, said:
"It's important that residents look out for letters and other messages from Worcester City Council, so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in the city. We will send you a letter for you to respond to. To make sure you are able to have your say at next year's elections, simply follow the instructions we will send to you.
"If you're not currently registered, your name will not appear in the letters we send. If you want to be able to cast your vote, you need to register at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or follow the information we will send you in the post."
People who have moved recently are particularly encouraged to look out for the voter registration messages from Worcester City Council 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 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. Checking the messages that you will get from your local council is the easiest way to see if you're registered to vote. If you're not, make sure you provide the necessary information to your local council when it is needed, and register to vote online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote."
Information on registering to vote is available on the Electoral Commission website.