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Citizens reminded to expect voter registration forms through the post in August

Citizens reminded to expect voter registration forms through the post in August

Bristol residents are being encouraged to make sure their electoral registration details are up to date so as not to lose their voice on decisions that affect them.

4 August 2021

Bristol’s annual canvass process to update registered elector details, which local authorities perform once a year in England, begins this week.

As part of the annual canvass process, households in Bristol who have provided an email address when registering to vote will receive an email reminding them that the process has started and to expect a form in the post.

A paper form will then be posted containing a list of each household’s current registered electors.

Residents should check the form they receive in the post to see if a response is required.

Yvonne Dawes, Head of Statutory Registration at Bristol City Council, said: “It’s important that residents keep an eye out for messages from us so that we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in Bristol.

“If you’re not currently registered then your name will not appear in the messages we send.

“Please look out for the paper forms in coming weeks, read them carefully, check the details, and most importantly, update them and let us know if they are inaccurate.”

Updating the council with any changes is a legal requirement and being on the electoral register can even improve your credit score. 
The annual canvass process also helps the council identify any residents who are not registered to vote so that they can be encouraged to do so and have their say.

Residents can respond online, by text, by phone and by post and full details of how to respond are listed on the form.

Residents can register to vote online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

For more information about the annual canvass and the process please visit www.bristol.gov.uk/annualcanvass or contact Electoral Services directly at electoral.services@bristol.gov.uk

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