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Make sure you're registered to vote

Wolverhampton residents have been reminded to ensure they are registered to vote.

Households in the city have been sent forms which ask them to check whether the information that appears on the electoral register for those living at the address is correct.

78,000 people - 68% of the electorate - have responded so far and it is essential that anyone who wants to vote in next year's city council and West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner elections does so.

The aim of the annual canvass form is to ensure that 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.

Keith Ireland, electoral registration officer at City of Wolverhampton Council said:"Anyone that wants to vote must be registered. To make sure you are able to have your say at the elections next year, simply check the form and confirm your details quickly and easily online via Register to vote or return it to us in the post.

"It's particularly important that anyone who has moved address recently looks out for the form and checks whether they are registered."

Research by the independent Electoral Commission indicates that across Great Britain, recent home movers are far less likely to be registered than those that have lived at the same address for a long time.

The research showed that 94% of people who have been at their property for more than 16 years will be registered compared to 40% of people who have lived at an address for less than 1 year.

The same research indicates that whilst almost 95% of outright home owners are registered, this is the case for only 63% of private renters.

Kay Jenkins, Head of English regions at the Electoral Commission said: "The annual canvass is an opportunity for people to easily check whether they're registered. It's essential for a healthy democracy that everyone who is entitled to vote is able to, and for those who need to registering is now easier than ever with the online system of registration."

Any residents who have any questions can contact the elections team at 01902 551177, email us at electoral.reg@wolverhampton.gov.uk

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  • released: Friday 16 October, 2015