It’s that time of year…make sure you’re registered to vote at the next election

We’ve started sending out forms this week asking people to check and update the information for their household on the electoral register. Have you received yours yet?

We call this the “Annual Canvass” and it’s a really important exercise to make sure that everyone who is eligible to vote, is registered. You may not be on the form because you’ve recently moved to a new house or have only just become eligible to vote.

Even more people eligible to vote!

And with the new changes that allow young persons from the age of 16 and qualified foreign citizens aged 16 or over to vote at the next elections it’s likely many of you will have to update the information for your household.

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Everyone is legally required to respond to the Annual Canvass. It’s a very easy process that only takes a couple of minutes, with online being the easiest method.

Simply, if you aren’t on the register you can’t vote. So as soon as you receive the form please check the details. You then have the following options:

  • If all the details remain the same visit, call 0800 197 9871, or text NOCHANGE followed your security code to 80212 – standard charges will apply
  • If the details need to be updated or if someone needs to be added or removed you should visit and make the necessary changes. Once this is done new people should register individually on
  • Alternatively, amend/complete the form and post it back to us, but any new people you’ve added will still need to be to register individually on

“A very straightforward process”

Cllr David Kelly, Lead Member for Registration Services, said: “It’s really important to respond as soon as possible so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for you and the people that live with you. It’s a very straightforward process.

“People need to be aware that 16-17-year olds and foreign nationals living in Wales are now eligible to vote at Welsh Parliament/Senedd elections, so it’s important that these people get added to allow them to have their say at the next election.”

Remember, it’s a legal requirement to give the information asked for in the Annual Canvass. You could even be fined up to £1,000 for not doing anything so please take action to make sure you don’t lose your opportunity to vote.

These voting changes could affect the young people in your lives…make them aware

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