Households in Derby are already receiving a letter and form asking them to check if their information on the electoral register is correct as part of Derby City Council’s annual voter registration canvass.

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

Mick Styne, Electoral Services and Land Charges Manager at Derby City Council said:

“Registering to vote is important; simply check the form when it arrives and follow the instructions on it. You can respond in several ways, either:

“If you’re not currently registered, we’ll send you information explaining how to do this or you can go online and register at gov.uk/register-to-vote .”

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

Research by the independent Electoral Commission indicates that across Great Britain, recent home movers are far less likely to be registered than those that have lived at the same address for a long time. The research showed that 94% of people who have been at their property for more than sixteen years will be registered compared to 40% of people who have lived at an address for less than one year.

The same research indicates that whilst almost 95% of outright home owners are registered, this is the case for only 63% of private renters.

Any residents who have any questions can contact the elections team by emailing elections@derby.gov.uk or calling 01332 640837.

Electoral Register facts:

  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 in England and Wales.

Full details of the Electoral Commission’s research on the electoral registers can be found on the Electoral Commission website.