Check to ensure you are registered to vote

Residents living in South Kesteven are being urged to check that their electoral registration details are up to date.

SKDC is sending letters and forms to all homes to ensure the register is correct and to identify any residents not registered so they can be encouraged to sign up. Those who have moved house recently are particularly encouraged to check the details in their letter.

With elections taking place in South Kesteven in May 2021, this is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they can take part.

Karen Bradford, Electoral Registration Officer for South Kesteven, said: "It is important that residents look out for the canvass letters and forms that are being sent by post so that we can make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address. To make sure you can have your say at elections taking place next year, simply follow the instructions on your letter."

The canvass, which is a legal requirement for the council, is taking place during a challenging public health situation. SKDC is working to ensure public health guidelines, including the continued importance of social distancing, are followed and is appealing for residents to respond online where possible.

The letter to households explains how to update your details but for more information contact the elections team at SKDC on 01476 406080, email elections@southkesteven.gov.uk or visit www.southkesteven.gov.uk/annualcanvass  

Notes to editors

1. Lincolnshire County Council and Police and Crime Commissioner elections take place in South Kesteven in May 2021.

2. The Representation of the People Act 1983 places a duty on Electoral Registration Officers to maintain the register for their area and conduct an annual canvass of all residential properties. 

3. The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in public elections. The register is used for electoral purposes, such as making sure only eligible people can vote. It is also used for other limited purposes specified in law, such as detecting crime (e.g. fraud), calling people for jury service or checking credit applications.

4. The open register is an extract of the electoral register but is not used for elections. It can be bought by any person, company or organisation. For example, it is used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details. Your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed. Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote.

5. To be eligible to register to vote a person must be:

• Aged 16 or over (a person may register to vote at 16, but may not vote until they are 18)

• A British or qualifying Commonwealth citizen who has leave to enter and remain in the UK or does not require such leave.

• A citizen of the Republic of Ireland or other European Union (EU) member state.

6. British citizens, Irish citizens and qualifying citizens of Commonwealth countries (including Cyprus and Malta) can vote in local government elections and Police and Crime Commissioner elections. To date, the UK Government has not made changes to the eligibility of EU citizens, meaning at present they too can vote in these elections.