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Press release – Annual canvass

Local residents to receive important voter registration information

Households in Angus and Perth & Kinross will soon be receiving a form asking residents to check whether the information that appears on the electoral register for those living at their address is correct as part of the annual voter registration canvass.

The aim of the form is to ensure that the electoral register is up to date and to identify any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so.

With Scottish Parliament elections taking place in May 2016, this is an opportunity for residents to make sure that when the elections take place they will be able to take part.

Furthermore, with those who are aged 16 or over on 5 May 2016 now able to vote at this election, the Electoral Registration Officer for Angus Council and Perth & Kinross Council will also be encouraging those eligible to vote for the first time to register to vote.

Mr Alastair Kirkwood, the Electoral Registration Officer said: 

“The annual canvass is an opportunity for people to easily check whether they’re registered. Anyone that wants to vote must also be registered. This includes anyone who will be 16 years old by 30 November 2016.

To make sure you are able to have your say at the elections next year, simply check the form when it arrives and return it as promptly as possible. You can reply online, by telephone, by text message or simply return the form in the reply paid envelope.

If the information is different to that on the form, you can still provide details via the online service or by completing the form.

If you’re not currently registered, please reply and we will send you information explaining how to do this or you can just go online to apply to register at .”

It’s particularly important that anyone who has moved address recently looks out for the form and checks whether they are registered at the correct address.

 If you have changed address in the last year, it’s particularly likely that you will need to register at your new address, so check the form as soon as it arrives.”

Any residents who have any questions can contact the Electoral Registration Office in Forfar on 01307 462416, or in Perth at 01738 630303.


Notes to editors

  1. The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in public elections. The register is used for electoral purposes, such as making sure only eligible people can vote. It is also used for other limited purposes specified in law, such as: • detecting crime (e.g. fraud) • calling people for jury service • checking credit applications.
  2. The open register is an extract of the electoral register, but is not used for elections. It can be bought by any person, company or organisation. For example, it is used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details. Your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed. Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote.
  3. To be eligible to register to vote in England a person must be:

-       Aged 16 or over (a person may register to vote at 16, but may not vote until they are 18)

-       A British or qualifying Commonwealth citizen who has leave to enter and remain in the UK or does not require such leave.

-       A citizen of the Republic of Ireland or other European Union (EU) member state.

  1. British citizens, Irish citizens and qualifying citizens of Commonwealth countries (including Cyprus and Malta), as well as citizens of other EU member states can vote in local government elections and Police and Crime Commissioner elections in England and Wales.
  2. Full details of the Electoral Commission’s research on the electoral registers can be found here.

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