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14 September 2020 • Forest Row Local
Smarter, greener approach to the annual canvass
Every year, Wealden’s Electoral Services team has been posting out over 70,000 enquiry forms to ensure everyone in the District, who is eligible, can vote.
This year, changes in legislation mean we can now use email to make the initial contact with many of our residents. This will save money and resources...and make it easier for residents to complete the process online.
“During August, nearly 29,000 Wealden residents will have recieved an email from our Electoral Service team,” said District Returning Officer Trevor Scott.
“It will ask you to confirm whether there has been any changes to the people registered as living at that address. You will then be asked to go to our website, enter a given pin number, and make sure the information on our electoral records is correct.
I would urge everyone to do this as soon as they receive our email.”
Annual Canvass Forms have continued to be posted out to those households since the end of August where we have reason to believe there have been changes which will legally need to be recorded on our Electoral Roll. They will also be posted out to Houses of Multiple Occupancy.
“The annual canvass has been an expensive and time- consuming process,” added Mr Scott. But national changes this year mean, for the first time, we are able to adopt a smarter approach, which is also better for the environment.
‘National changes this year mean, for the first time, we are able to adopt a smarter approach, which is also better for the environment’
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“We will be taking into account the Covid-19 public health guidelines, including the continued importance of social distancing, throughout the 2020 canvass. By responding online, you will make it both quicker and safer for everyone.”
Since 2017, Wealden’s electoral canvass has enjoyed the highest response rate in East Sussex, at over 96%.
Melanie Davidson, Head of Support and Improvement at the Electoral Commission, added:
“It’s really important that everyone who is entitled to vote is able to do so. Making sure you provide the necessary information to your local authority when
it is needed will ensure the process runs smoothly. This is particularly helpful in the current public health situation, as it will help avoid the need for home visits from canvassers.
“There’s lots of helpful information about registering to vote on our website”
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