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By Michael Brown

Senior Staff Writer

27 July 2021

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Elections

Don’t lose your voice - Residents urged to check their voter registration details

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

A graphic of a magnifying glass over a form. Text: Make sure your correct details are on the electoral register.

Each year Newcastle City Council has to conduct an annual canvas to keep the electoral register up to date, identifying anyone eligible who is not registered to vote, so that they can be encouraged to do so.

Letters are being sent out to every household in the city and with elections taking place in Newcastle in May 2022, it is an important opportunity to make sure you can have your say.

Pat Ritchie, the authority’s chief executive and electoral registration officer, said: “It’s important that residents look out for the letters hitting doormats, so you can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in Newcastle.

“To make sure you are able to have your say at elections taking place next year, simply follow the instructions sent to you.

“You may not need to reply, but if you do, just fill in the form you’ve been sent and send it back to us.

“If you’re not currently registered, your name will not appear in the messages we send out – In that case, the easiest way to register is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote, or if you contact our elections team we’ll send you all the information explaining how to do it.”

Moved house? Make sure you can vote

People who have moved recently are particularly encouraged to look out for the voter registration letters and check the details.

Research by the Electoral Commission, published in 2019, shows 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% of people who have been at their property for more than sixteen years will be registered, compared to 36% 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.

“Checking the messages that you will get from your local authority is the easiest way to see if you’re registered to vote.

“If you’re not, make sure you provide the necessary information to your local authority when it is needed and register to vote online.”

Find out more

Information on registering to vote is available on the Electoral Commission website, www.electoralcommission.org.uk.

Any Newcastle residents who have any questions can contact their local registration team by emailing elections@newcastle.gov.uk or by calling 0191 278 7878.