Council to contact voters by email instead of post

Wealden Council will be contacting voters by email, instead of post, this year to confirm whether changes are needed to the Electoral Roll.

Previously 70,000 enquiry forms have been sent out to ensure everyone eligible to vote is able to.election

This year changes in legislation mean email can be used to make the initial contact with many residents, saving money and resources and making it easier for residents to complete the process online.

District returning officer Trevor Scott said: “During August, nearly 29,000 Wealden residents will be receiving an email from our Electoral Service team.

“It will ask you to confirm whether there has been any changes to the people registered as living at that address. You will then be asked to go to our website, enter a given pin number, and make sure the information on our electoral records is correct. I would urge everyone to do this as soon as they receive our email.  

Changes

“Annual canvass forms will continue to be posted out to those households at the end of August where we have reason to believe there have been changes which will legally need to be recorded on the Electoral Roll. They will also be posted out to Houses of Multiple Occupancy. 

“The annual canvass has been an expensive and time-consuming process,” added Mr Scott. But national changes this year mean, for the first time, we are able to adopt a smarter approach, which is also better for the environment. 

Covid-19

“We will be taking into account the Covid-19 public health guidelines, including the continued importance of social distancing, throughout the 2020 canvass. By responding online, you will make it both quicker and safer for everyone.”

Since 2017, Wealden’s electoral canvass has enjoyed the highest response rate in East Sussex, at over 96%. 

Important

Melanie Davidson, Head of Support and Improvement at the Electoral Commission, added: “It’s really important that everyone who is entitled to vote is able to do so. Making sure you provide the necessary information to your local authority when it is needed will ensure the process runs smoothly.

“This is particularly helpful in the current public health situation, as it will help avoid the need for home visits from canvassers.

There’s lots of helpful information about registering to vote on our website https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter.”

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