Watch out for our canvassers

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News release: 19 September 2019

Canvassers have started knocking on doors in the St Albans District to encourage residents to register to vote.

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Over the next few weeks, they will approach around 13,000 households that have not returned a household enquiry form.

The form was sent to all homes in the District in July with some 48,000 having been returned.

They are sent out every year by St Albans City and District Council to keep the electoral register up to date and need to be completed even if there are no changes.

A team of electoral canvassers from the Council is visiting the households that have not completed the form.

Residents will be told that they need to respond to ensure they can vote at elections including next May’s District Council elections or a General Election.

If your name is not on the register, you will not be entitled to vote. 

The door-to-door canvass will go on until every property that has not completed an enquiry form is approached.

Everyone who is currently registered to vote at a particular address is listed on the household form. Residents need to check that the information it contains is correct.

If no changes are required, they must confirm this online at www.householdresponse.com/stalbans.

Alternatively, people can do this by free phone or text with full details of these procedures included in the form.

If the form needs to be amended, this can also be done on the website or by post.

Mike Lovelady, Electoral Registration Officer for the District, said: “Canvassers will call at every property where there has been no response. We want to make sure people do not lose their vote.

“If you haven’t responded to the household enquiry form, please do so as soon as possible. 

“Just check the information it contains and either confirm it is correct or advise us of any changes. Instructions on how to do this are on the form.”

Anyone not registered to vote can do so online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. It only takes a few minutes to do so.

People who are added to household enquiry forms will be sent letters inviting them to register.

Residents who have questions can contact the elections’ team by email at elections@stalbans.gov.uk or by telephoning 01727 819294. 
  
More information is available on the Council’s website at: www.stalbans.gov.uk/elections.  
  
Media contact:
John McJannet, Principal Communications Officer, St Albans City and District Council: 01727-819533;  john.mcjannet@stalbans.gov.uk.