Door-to-door canvassers to encourage voters to register

A team of canvassers is going door-to-door across the district to encourage people to get on the electoral register.

East Hampshire District Council has recruited more than 60 workers to visit people who have not returned important information required from every home in the district.

During August and September every home in East Hampshire was sent a Household Enquiry Form, which by law must be completed. These forms enable residents to remain on the electoral register and also highlight potential new electors.

The canvassers, who will be out in the district from 6 October to 16 November, will emphasise the value of signing up to the electoral register and help residents complete the forms if required.

EHDC Chief Executive Sandy Hopkins said: “It is so important everyone signs up to the electoral register. If you don’t you will miss out on the chance to vote in national and local elections and you may not be able to get credit.

“Our canvassers are very friendly and helpful and will be happy to talk you through the process of completing the forms, including registration if you are a new elector.”

Every household has been sent a registration form or they can register over the phone or online.

If you are not on the electoral roll you will not be able to vote in local and national elections and you may not be able to get credit.

The Government’s new registration system, called Individual Electoral Registration (IER), requires each member of the household to register themselves. Previously one person could register the rest of the household.

The Government has introduced Individual Electoral Registration to make the voting system more secure, and reduce the chance of electoral fraud.

If there have been no recent changes to your household you can give your information over the phone on 01730 234350. To change your details or if you would rather complete the form via the internet go to quoting the security codes on the form you have been sent.

Alternatively complete the form and post back to East Hampshire District Council’s Elections Team, Penns Place, Petersfield, GU31 4EX.