Local residents can confirm their right to vote online
Published: Friday 31st July 15
All households in Wandsworth will soon be receiving a form asking them to check that the information held on the electoral register about those living there is correct.
This is part of the council’s annual voter registration canvass. It will have been two years since many residents have been asked to complete a household registration form and is the first canvass since the start of Individual Electoral Registration (IER).
The introduction of IER means the form will work in a different way. The aim is to make sure the electoral register is up to date and to identify any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so.
Responding is easier than ever this year as residents can now complete the form online. Responding online is strongly recommended as it helps save taxpayers’ money.
Residents who do not respond are likely to be visited by council electoral staff – so responding promptly will avoid the inconvenience this could pose to local people and the drain it represents to the public purse.
With Mayoral and London Assembly elections taking place on May 5 next year, this is a perfect opportunity for residents to make sure that they will be able to cast their votes in these important ballots.
It’s particularly important that anyone who has moved address recently looks out for the form and checks that they are properly registered.
Research indicates that whilst almost 95 per cent of homeowners are correctly registered, this figure plummets to just 63 per cent of those who rent.
Registering to vote means you can have your say in local and national elections, while being on the electoral register can also improve your credit score.