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vote election ballot box GillinghamDorset residents are being asked to check their electoral registration details are correct, to make sure they retain their right to vote in future elections and referendums.

Letters are being sent to all households as part of an annual canvass to identify any residents who are not registered to vote, or whose details are not correct.

Although the majority of households will not have to take action if their details are up-to-date, it is important everyone follows the instructions on the form that will arrive in the post over the next couple of weeks.

Households will start receiving letters from Friday 6 August. These will be sent in two batches:

  • It is expected that recipients of the first batch will not need to make any changes to their details.
  • Recipients of the second batch of letters, delivered from 13 August, will be required to respond and a pre-paid envelope will be enclosed.

If there have been changes in your household, for example if you have moved house, or someone in your household has reached 16 or 17 years old in the last year, you can provide the information in the following ways:

Visit householdresponse.com/Dorset and log on using the security codes supplied on the letter.

Complete the form and return it to the address provided on the letter

If there have been no changes to your household but you have received a form which says you must respond, then you can also use one of the following methods as well as those listed above:

Call 0800 197 9871 and supply the security code from the letter (mobile providers may charge for this service) – this service can only be used to confirm there are no changes to your information

Text NOCHANGE followed by the security code on your letter to 80212 (mobile providers may charge for this service) – this service can only be used to confirm there are no changes to your information

Jonathan Mair, Corporate Director – Legal & Democratic, Dorset Council said: ‘Please keep a look out for the letter and let us know of any changes as soon as possible. For example, if you have recently moved to a new address you will need to update your details.

‘It’s really important that everyone who is entitled to vote is able to do so. Being registered to vote gives you the chance to have a say on who represents you. It also helps when applying for credit – as a way to counteract fraud, the register is used by credit agencies to confirm where someone lives.’

Jonathan continued: ‘Please consider responding online or by telephone wherever possible, as soon as you can. As well as saving the council money by not having to send reminders, we will not need to arrange personal visits from appointed electoral canvassers to obtain the information.’

Each year, by law, councils conduct an annual canvass in order to update their electoral registers. This is to find out if there are any changes to the household so they can remove the details of people who no longer live there and invite new occupants to register individually. Any resident aged 18 or over can complete the form on behalf of their whole household.

Any residents who have any questions can contact the council’s elections team on 01305 838299.

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