Rochdale News | News Headlines | Don’t lose your vote – residents urged to verify voter registration details
Date published: August 13, 2022
Electoral Commission research found that people who have recently moved are less likely to be registered than those who have lived at the same address for a long time
Residents are warned not to lose their voice on decisions that affect them by ensuring their voter registration details are up to date.
With local elections taking place across the borough in May 2023, it’s important to make sure you can participate.
Every household in Rochdale will receive a letter in July or August asking residents to verify and update the names of registered voters at that address.
The annual canvassing allows Rochdale Borough Council to keep the voter register up to date, identify who is at risk of losing their vote in the election and encourage them to register before it is too late.
Clare Poole, Elections Officer, said: ‘It is important that residents pay attention to the letter we recently sent, so that we can ensure that we have the correct details on the electoral roll for each address in the rounding. Just follow the instructions on your letter. If there is no change, there is no need to respond.”
Recent movers, in particular, are advised to verify their contact details. Research by the Electoral Commission found that people who have recently moved are less likely to be registered than those who have lived at the same address for a long time. In Britain, 92% of those who have lived in their home for 16 years will be registered, compared to 36% of people who have lived at an address for less than a year.
Melanie Davidson, Support and Improvement Manager at the Electoral Commission, added: “It’s really important that everyone who is eligible to vote can do so. We urge people to seek out updates from their local council on this year’s canvassing. »
If you have any questions visit rochdale.gov.uk/annualcanvass and if necessary you can contact the election team by emailing [email protected] or calling 0300 303 0345.