Residents in New Forest urged to look out for their voter registration details from New Forest District Council (NFDC).

Local residents are being warned not to lose their voice on decisions that affect them by making sure their electoral registration details are up to date.

New Forest District Council (NFDC) will be contacting residents this summer, to keep the electoral register up to date and identify any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so.

With Police and Crime Commissioner Elections and County Council Elections taking place across Hampshire next year, this is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they can take part.

Rebecca Drummond; Service Manager for Elections at New Forest District Council said:

“It’s important that residents keep an eye out for messages from NFDC over the summer, so we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in the New Forest.

“We have to update the electoral register every year, by law.

“We may contact residents by email, by post and as a last resort in person, at your door. In the current public health situation, this year, more than ever, it’s important that everyone follows the instructions we send for your household, and respond online where possible, so that we can limit personal contact and help keep everyone safe.

“If you’re not currently registered, your name will not appear in the messages we send to you.

“If you want to register, the easiest way is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote, or we’ll send you information explaining how to do this in the post.”

People who have moved recently are particularly encouraged to look out for the voter registration messages from NFDC and check the details.

Research by the Electoral Commission indicates that recent home movers are far less likely to be registered than those who have lived at the same address for a long time.

Across Great Britain, 92% of people who have been at their property for more than sixteen years will be registered, compared to 36% of people who have lived at an address for less than one year.

Melanie Davidson, Head of Support and Improvement at the Electoral Commission, said:

“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 https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter.”

Any residents who have any questions can contact their local registration team at ElectoralServices@NFDC.gov.uk