MBC has a responsibility for maintaining an accurate electoral register and the annual canvass is an important part of this. To achieve this it needs to know who is eligible to register to vote within every household.
It is a legal requirement for UK citizens to register ensuring all information is up-to-date and correct. The details gathered are treated confidentially but enable MBC to make sure that everyone who is eligible is registered to vote. In order to make sure the Council has the most accurate details MBC representatives are visiting the homes of those who haven’t completed their form between Tuesday 20 September and Monday 10 October.
For security the Council is asking those residents who are visited to check the official ID and letter of authorisation that each of the MBC officials will have with them as representatives of the Electoral Registration Officer.
Lead Member for Communities and Engagement, Cllr Lottie Parfitt-Reid said:
It is really important that we all have the opportunity to vote when elections come round and providing your household information enables us to inform you when that time comes. I would ask everyone not to ignore the annual canvass and if they haven’t already please help our representatives and complete the form should they knock at your door.
The Council will only be visiting the homes of residents which are outstanding and haven’t provided the required information for the annual canvass. The representatives will be using either electronic devices or standard canvassing forms to help those who may not have been able to complete them before now.
More information can be found on the MBC website: Annual Household Canvass