Melton Borough Council

Annual Canvass 2018

Published Friday, 13th July 2018

Don't lose your voice - residents in Melton are urged to look out for their voter registration details in the post.

Local residents are being warned not to lose their voice on matters that affect them by completing their annual canvass form and returning it to Melton Borough Council as soon as possible.

With local elections taking place in May 2019, this is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they can take part.

The form ensures that Melton Borough Council can keep the electoral register up to date and identify any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so. This will mean that residents will be able take part in any future elections.

People who have moved address recently are particularly encouraged to keep an eye out for the form and check the details. Research by the Independent Electoral Commission indicates that recent home movers are far less likely to be registered than those that have lived at the same address for a long time. Across Great Britain, 94% of people who have been at their property for more than sixteen years will be registered compared to 40% of people who have lived at an address for less than one year.

Any residents who have questions can contact their local registration team at Melton Borough Council on 01664 502502.


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For more information please contact:

Name:  Hazel Paterson – Communications Officer
Melton Borough Council
Telephone: 01664 504294

Email: hpaterson@melton.gov.uk

Additional Information :
1.    Local Elections are taking place in the borough of Melton in May 2019.

2.    The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in public elections. The register is used for electoral purposes, such as making sure only eligible people can vote. It is also used for other limited purposes specified in law, such as:  detecting crime (e.g. fraud), calling people for jury service or checking credit applications.

3.     The open register is an extract of the electoral register, but is not used for elections. It can be bought by any person, company or organisation. For example, it is used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details. Your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed. Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote

4.    . To be eligible to register to vote a person must be:
                - Aged 16 or over (a person may register to vote at 16, but may not vote   
                  until they are 18)
                - A British or qualifying Commonwealth citizen who has leave to enter and                
                 remain in the UK or does not require such leave.
               - A citizen of the Republic of Ireland or other European Union (EU) member 
               Status.

5.    British citizens, Irish citizens and qualifying citizens of Commonwealth countries (including Cyprus and Malta), as well as citizens of other EU member states can vote in local government elections and Police and Crime Commissioner elections in England and Wales. 
6.    . Full details of the Electoral Commission’s research on the electoral registers.