Harrogate district residents urged to watch out for annual canvassers

Harrogate district residents are urged to watch out for annual canvassers who will be visiting properties across the district this month to encourage them to register to vote.

Each year, Harrogate Borough Council conducts the annual canvass to keep the electoral register up-to-date.

The borough council estimate that no changes are needed at around 70 per cent of the district's 77,500 properties.

These households were contacted by letter to confirm their details were correct and what to do if changes are required.

The remaining households, where it was believed there should be changes to the register, were sent a canvass form with information on how to respond. Around 5,000 households are yet to respond to a canvass form so are now due a visit from a canvasser.

The canvasser will be able to add any eligible residents to the register, and it should only take a few minutes to do so. If there is no answer, a card will be left advising residents what they need to do to ensure they can vote in elections next May.

Ben Nattrass, interim elections manager at Harrogate Borough Council, said: "We encourage any residents, who haven’t done so, to respond as soon as possible. By doing so we can limit the resources needed to chase up properties.

"It's especially important that residents check their details, otherwise they may miss out on the opportunity to exercise their right to vote and have a say on the issues that affect their lives."

Anyone not registered to vote can do so online at: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

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Published: 20th September 2021