Don't lose your voice - Residents urged to check their voter registration details from Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council

Local residents are being warned not to lose their voice on decisions that affect them by making sure their electoral registration details are up to date.

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With elections taking place in May 2022, this is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they can take part and shape the future of their community.

The annual canvass ensures that Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council can keep the electoral register up to date, helping identify residents who are not registered to vote so that they can be encouraged to do so.

Ka Ng, Chief Executive and Returning Officer at Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council said:

It's important that residents look out for forms from the council, so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in the Welwyn Hatfield borough. Households in the borough will receive a canvass letter asking them to check whether the information that appears on the electoral register for those living at their address is correct. To make sure you are able to have your say at the elections taking place next year, simply follow the instructions sent to you."

"If you're not currently registered, your name will not appear in the forms we send. The easiest way to register is online, or we'll send you information explaining how to do this in the post.

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 16 years will be registered, compared to 36% of people who have lived at an address for less than one year.

Any residents who have any questions can visit the Annual Registration Canvass webpage or contact the Elections team by email: elections@welhat.gov.uk or by phone: 01707 357 300.