Annual canvass - reply now
Slough Borough Council has begun the annual canvass for the Register of Electors.
A household enquiry form was sent to every property in the borough in August, with details of everyone currently registered to vote at the property.
The form gives residents the opportunity to add any new names or remove any out of date information so the electoral register is up to date.
Follow up forms are being sent this month (September) and anyone in the household who is 16 or over can respond to it, even if there are no changes to be made.
A new register of electors will be published on 1 December and the council needs to ensure all properties have responded to ensure the register is up to date.
Those who haven’t responded to their household enquiry form with details of who is eligible to vote at a property will receive a visit from one of the council’s canvassers between 14 October and 27 November.
All canvassers will be wearing high visibility jackets and carry identification to confirm who they are. They will be asking you to update your information on their new electronic tablets rather than paper forms, and will be able to register any new residents. This technology has only been brought in this year but will ensure all your information is stored securely.
Councillor James Swindlehurst, leader of the council, said: “To make sure you are able to have your say at the elections next year, simply check the form when it arrives and respond as soon as you can.
“If you’re not currently registered, your name will not appear on the enquiry form. 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. In any case, you will still need to complete the enquiry form and send it back to us.”
People are required by law to respond to the household enquiry form and anyone who doesn’t could be fined up to £1,000. You could also be refused credit, mobile phone, mortgage or a loan if your name doesn’t appear on the electoral register.
For more information, visit the council's website.