Published Tuesday, 11th October 2022
Residents are being urged not to lose their voice on decisions that affect them by making sure their electoral registration details are correct.
The deadline for applications for the new electoral register, published on 1 December, is 22 November.
The annual canvass ensures that Reigate & Banstead Borough Council can keep the electoral register up to date.
With Borough, Town and Parish Council elections taking place in the borough of Reigate and Banstead in May 2023, this is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they can take part.
Mari Roberts-Wood, Electoral Registration Officer at Reigate & Banstead Borough Council, said: “Every year, we check the electoral register is up to date. We’re almost done for this year. If you haven’t responded to our letters, emails, texts or follow-up reminders yet, a member of our team may visit your home to ask for these details. Please help them with their work or follow the steps in the correspondence we sent you to let us know your details are correct. We’re required by law to visit all homes that haven’t replied.
“If you’re not currently registered, your name will not appear in the messages we send. The easiest way to register is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote, or we’ll send you information explaining how to do this.”
Moved home or first-time voter?
People who have moved recently are particularly encouraged to look out for the voter registration messages from us 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 sixteen years will be registered, compared to 36% of people who have lived at an address for less than one year.
Being registered for Council Tax does not mean you are registered to vote. It can also be harder to get credit if you’re not registered as it can affect your credit rating.