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Residents urged to make sure they are registered to vote

Date: 

Tuesday, 21 July, 2020

From next week (27 July) Woking Borough Council will begin contacting all households across the Borough as part of Woking's annual voter registration canvass, asking them to check whether the information that appears on the Electoral Register matches the details of those living at that address.

The purpose of the annual canvass is to ensure that the Electoral Register is up-to-date and to identify any residents who are not yet registered. The annual canvass is an opportunity for residents to make sure that when forthcoming elections or referendums take place, they are registered to participate and don’t lose their right to vote.

Ray Morgan, Woking Borough Council's Electoral Registration Officer, said: "This year for the first time data on the Electoral Register has been matched against that held with the Department for Work and Pensions. Residents will either receive a letter or a canvass form letting them know what they need to do. I urge all households to check their details and confirm these online if they are requested to do so.

"It is particularly important that people who have recently moved address review their details carefully to check if they are registered. If any changes to personal details are needed this can be done quickly and efficiently online, including if there is someone within the household who is not registered. Whatever action is required, checking and confirming that households are registered to vote takes less than five minutes."

If residents are asked to confirm their details this can be done online at www.householdresponse.com/woking 

Households will need to enter their postcode and their unique security code, which can be found at the bottom of their letter, when confirming their details online.

If households need to make any changes, or confirm their details, and cannot access the internet, they can contact the Council's Elections Team on 01483 755855 or email elections@woking.gov.uk

For more information about the annual canvass please contact Woking Borough Council’s Elections Team on 01483 755855 or email elections@woking.gov.uk or visit www.woking.gov.uk/election