COPELAND’S annual electoral canvass begins next month (July), and residents are being urged to ensure they have the right to vote.
The annual event asks people to confirm their details, or make any changes, so that they can be included on the new Register of Electors which will be published on December 1 2018, ahead of local elections in May 2019.
The process starts with a two-week electronic canvass period where all properties that have an associated email address will be sent an email by Copeland Council asking for confirmation of eligible residents at the property.
Subsequent to this, outstanding residents will receive a household enquiry form on or around Wednesday, August 8, to which people can respond in different ways. To make changes, including adding new electors, residents can use the council’s easy-to-use online system or complete and return the form by post. If there are no changes to be made, this can be confirmed via the online system or by telephone or text message. Details of how to do this will be on the form.
New residents can easily register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote with their National Insurance number, or the council can send a paper form if necessary. Contact 01946 598300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request this.
Copeland’s Electoral Registration Officer, Pat Graham, said: “It’s important that residents respond as soon as possible, so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in Copeland.
“To make sure you are able to have your say at next year’s elections, simply check the form when it arrives and respond as soon as you can.”