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Annual Voter Registration check to begin in Sheffield

A hand putting a voting ballot into a ballot box
A hand putting a voting ballot into a ballot box

Local residents are being encouraged to look out for letters and canvass forms being delivered to homes across the city from the 7th September, to ensure that they don’t lose their vote in the next election.

The canvass takes place every year to make sure that all voter information currently held on the electoral register is still correct, and so that any changes can be made.

With this year’s postponed elections taking place in May 2021, the canvass this year is more important than ever and will make sure residents in the city can take part and have their say on the issues they care about.

There have been some changes to the canvass process this year, so the Council is encouraging everyone to read the letter they receive carefully and follow the instructions promptly. Where a response is required, respondents will initially be directed to an online service or to call the Council’s contact centre, as this is the easiest way to respond. Responding quickly to the letter will prevent unnecessary reminder letters and in-person canvassing.

James Henderson, Electoral Registration Officer at Sheffield City Council said:

“It is important that everyone in Sheffield has their say on matters that affect them, their community and their city. To be able to do that you must be registered to vote.

“Please check your forms, follow instructions carefully and if you need to respond, do so as soon as you can so that we have the correct details for you on the register.

“With the current safety measures in place due to Covid-19, we want to limit in-person canvassing as much as possible.  This is why we’re asking residents to respond online in the first instance or by telephone if needed.

"Full instructions on what you need to do will be provided in your letter. People who have moved address recently are particularly encouraged to keep an eye out for the form and to check their details.”

For information visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/elections or contact Sheffield City Council’s Electoral Services on 0114 2734093.