Don’t lose your democratic voice!

HOUSEHOLDS in the Dorset Council area should look out for a form asking them to check if their information on the electoral register is correct.

The form, which is part of the annual voter registration canvass, shows who is currently registered to vote at an address. It will be stated on the outside of the envelope and on the form whether or not you need to respond.

If there have been changes in your household, for example if you have moved house, or someone in your household has reached 16 or 17 years old in the last year, you can provide the information in the following ways:

If there have been no changes to your household but you have received a form which says you must respond, then you can also use one of the following methods as well as those listed above:

  • Call 0800 197 9871 and supply the security code from the letter (mobile providers may charge for this service) – this service can only be used to confirm there are no changes to your information
  • Text NOCHANGE followed by the security code on your letter to 80212 (mobile providers may charge for this service) – this service can only be used to confirm there are no changes to your information

If you have added anyone to the form you should also go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote to complete their registration. If they choose not to register online a form will be sent to them. 

Jonathan Mair, Corporate Director for Legal & Democratic at Dorset Council, said: “It’s really important that everyone who is entitled to vote is able to do so. Please keep a look out for the letter coming to your household and let us know of any changes as soon as possible.

“This year’s canvass, which we have to carry out by law, is taking place during a challenging public health situation. Please consider responding online or by telephone wherever possible, as soon as you can.

“As well as saving the council money by not having to send reminders, we will not need to arrange personal visits from appointed electoral canvassers to obtain the information.  If we do need to make visits, social distancing guidelines will be followed.

“Being able to vote gives you the chance to have a say on who represents you. Being registered to vote also helps people who want to apply for credit. As a way to counteract fraud, the register is used by credit agencies to confirm where someone lives when they apply for credit.”

Each year, by law, councils conduct an annual canvass in order to update their electoral registers. This is to find out if there are any changes to the household so they can remove the details of people who no longer live there and invite new occupants to register individually. Any resident aged 18 or over can complete the form on behalf of their whole household.

Any residents who have any questions can contact the council’s elections team on 01305 838299.

Under Section 23 of the Representation of the Peoples Regulations 2001 it is a legal requirement to provide the information requested and you can be fined up to £1,000 for not doing so.

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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