20 Jul 2021

Look out for voter registration details

Local residents are being warned not to lose their voice on decisions that affect them by making sure their electoral registration details are up to date.

Although there are no planned elections during 2022, it is a good idea to make sure that you can take part, as by-elections for Parish, Town or Community Councils can happen at any point throughout the year.

The annual canvass ensures that the Isle of Wight Council can keep the electoral register up to date, identifying any residents who are not registered to vote so that they can be encouraged to do so. Once registered, they would then be able take part in any future elections.

Claire Shand, Electoral Registration Officer at the Isle of Wight Council, said:
“It’s important that residents keep an eye out for letters from us, so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address on the Island. To make sure you are able to have your say at any future elections, simply follow the instructions in your letter.

“If you’re not currently registered, your name will not appear in the letters or forms we send. If you want to register, the easiest way is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote, or we’ll send you information explaining how to do this in the post.”

People who have moved recently are particularly encouraged to look out for the voter registration letters from the council, and check the details. Research by the Electoral Commission found that recent home movers are far less likely to be registered than those who have lived at the same address for a long time. Across Great Britain, 92 per cent of people who have been at their property for more than sixteen years will be registered, compared to 36 per cent of people who have lived at an address for less than one year.

Melanie Davidson, Head of Support and Improvement at the Electoral Commission, said:
“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.

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

Any residents who have any questions can contact the Isle of Wight Council electoral registration team at https://www.iow.gov.uk/Council/Elections/Electoral-Registration/Contact or via electoral.services@iow.gov.uk

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Factfile
  • There are no planned elections on the Isle of Wight during 2022 or 2023.
  • The Representation of the People Act 1983 places a duty on Electoral Registration Officers to maintain the electoral register for their area and to conduct an annual canvass.
  • 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.
  • It is also used for other limited purposes specified in law, such as detecting crime (e.g. fraud), calling people for jury service or checking credit applications.
 
Isle of Wight, UK