Households in Fife will soon be receiving a form asking them to check whether the information that appears on the electoral register for those living at their address is correct as part of Fife’s annual voter registration canvass.
The aim of the form is to ensure that the electoral register is up to date and to identify any residents who are not registered so that they can register to vote individually.
With the Local Government Elections taking place next May, this is an opportunity for residents to make sure that they will be able to take part and have their say.
Linda Bissett, electoral registration officer for Fife, said: “Anyone who wants to vote must be registered. To make sure you’re able to have your say at next year’s Local Government elections, simply check the form when it arrives and reply as soon as possible.
“It’s also important that as 16 year olds will be able to vote at next year’s Local Government Elections, you should also include 14 year olds who will become 15 by 30 November 2016 on the form. This is so they are on the register when they become old enough to vote.
“Registering to vote is quick and easy. If you’re not currently registered, you can find out how to register at www.fifedirect.org.uk/electoralregister.”
Although the annual canvass form isn’t a registration form, it’s still important to complete it. The information provided will enable the electoral registration officer to send separate individual registration forms to all the people in the household who are eligible and need to register.
It’s particularly important that anyone who has recently moved looks out for the form and checks whether they are registered at their new address.
For more information and to register to vote visit the electoral register webpage.