Don’t lose your voice – Look out for new canvass forms this week

19 July 2019

Jamie Whitham at the 2019 local election counts

73,000 annual canvass forms are being sent to households across Reading starting July 15th as part this year’s Annual Canvass. Local residents are being warned not to lose their voice on matters that affect them by completing their annual canvass form and returning it to their local authority as soon as possible. With Local Borough elections scheduled to take place in Reading Borough in May 2020, this is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they can take part. The form ensures that Reading Borough Council can keep the electoral register up to date and identify any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so.

Green Councillor Jamie Whitham said: “It's important to keep on top of your voter registration, so the council can make sure they have the right details on the electoral register for every address in Reading.  To make sure you are able to have your say at elections taking place next year, be sure to check the form when it arrives and respond as soon as you can.”

If you’re not currently registered, your name will not appear on the form. If you want to register, the easiest way is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote, or the council can send you information explaining how to do this in the post. In any case, you will still need to complete and return the form.

People who have moved address recently are particularly encouraged to keep an eye out for the form and check the details.  Responding to your initial Canvass Form will save council printing and postage costs as the Electoral Services Team are obliged to send follow up reminder forms to non responding properties.

There’s lots of helpful information about registering to vote on www.yourvotematters.co.uk.

Any residents who have any questions can contact the Electoral Services Team at elections@reading.gov.uk or on 0118 937 3717.






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